NASHVILLE – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced his appointments to the David Crockett Commission, Joe Swann and Sally Baker.
“I have always believed in the preservation of our unique cultural heritage as Tennesseans. No historical figure is so inextricably linked with our state as Davy Crockett,” said Ramsey. “By honoring him, we honor our past, our state and our place in the world. This state’s cherished volunteer spirit sprung forth from the actions of this legendary man. I could not be prouder to appoint these outstanding individuals to work on this exciting project.”
A native of Maryville, Joe Swann is President of Workshop Tools, Inc. in Pigeon Forge. He served as president of the East Tennessee Historical Society from 1999-2002 and as past president of the Blount County Historic Trust.
Swann was first elected to the Maryville City Council in 1997. He currently serves the town as Mayor. Swann and his wife, Becky, have 3 sons Ben, Will and Tony Ellis.
A long-time Crockett enthusiast, Sally Baker currently serves as site director of Crockett Tavern Museum in Morristown. She resides in Hamblen County.
Revered as a pioneer, frontiersman, public servant, statesman and backwoods orator, David “Davy” Crockett is best remembered as a heroic participant in the Battle of the Alamo.
Born in Greene County on August 17, 1786, David Crockett lived all over the State of Tennessee, including Jefferson County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, Lawrence County, and Gibson County.
A noted soldier, Crockett volunteered his services to fight in the Creek Indian Wars, a part of the War of 1812. It was Crockett’s strong volunteer ethic that inspired Tennessee’s nickname, the Volunteer State.
Crockett was elected to the Tennessee state legislature 1821 where he represented Lawrence and Hickman counties. In 1827, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives to represent the Northwestern District of Tennessee.
It was after his final bid for Congress that he set out for Texas to help that state secure independence from Mexico where he died at the Alamo.
The David Crockett Commission was created by the legislature in 2012 to oversee erection of monument or statue honoring David Crockett in Tennessee.
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