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D. Crockett: leader in the wild frontier

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Davy Crockett—an amazing hunter and scout who became a judge, colonel, state legislator, U.S. congressman, character and wag—exuded leadership in his own, homespun way.

Three leading examples:
  1. As a U.S. Army scout, Crockett chose a boy to accompany him on a mission. That angered an Army major, who said the child didn’t have enough beard to qualify. Crockett expressed faith in the boy by replying that courage shouldn’t be measured by a beard, “for fear a goat would have preference over a man.”

  2. During a political campaign, Crockett noticed that his opponent always delivered the same speech. So, Crockett memorized it and, when an opportunity arose for him to speak first, delivered it word for word, leaving his opponent speechless.

  3. When Crockett visited Philadelphia, someone yelled “Fire!” Ever the volunteer, Crockett jumped up to fight it and was stunned when told that professional firefighters would do the job.
—Adapted from David Crockett: Hero of the Common Man, William Groneman III, Tom Doherty Associates.

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