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M-026: Crockett, David

DATE: December 9, 1828

CREATOR: Crockett, David (1786-1836)

SCOPE: This letter was written to President-Elect Andrew Jackson by Davy Crockett recommending a Mr. George McLean for the post of purser with the US Navy.


EXTENT: One letter with addressee information.


                                                                                      Washington Dec 29 1828

His Excellency Andrew Jackson

Dear Sir

I take great pleasure in forming with other friends in the Recommendation of Mr

Geo (George) W. McLean of N. York whose application will be before you this day

for the Station of Purser in the Navy. My acquaintance with Mr McLean is limited.

I merely Recommend on account of my good feeling toward his brother & other

gentle men of his acquaintance.

                                                                          Respectfully your friend

                                                                               David Crockett

From D. Crockett



HISTORY: David (Davy) Crockett (1786-1836) was a 19th century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives, served in the Texas Revolution, and died at the Battle of the Alamo.

He used folksy rhetoric and personal narratives that appealed to the voters. After being defeated for Congress in 1834, he emigrated to Texas. In March 1836, Crockett was killed at the Battle of the Alamo.

  With the incoming Jackson administration in late 1828 there was the usual scramble by office seekers and their supporters to acquire positions in the new government. Crockett is appealing to Jackson on the behalf of a George McLean to be awarded the important position of purser in the ranks of the US Navy.


For an extended history on the subjects of this letter, please click here to view a PDF document.

Keywords from this document include Davy Crockett, David Crockett, Tennessee, Texas Revolution, Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, George W. McLean, Battle of the Alamo, Purser, 



Special thanks to Roman Beuc, St. Louis Mercantile Library Docent, for transcribing the letter as well as researching and compiling an extended history on the topic.


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For an extended history on the subjects of this letter, please click here to view a PDF document.

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