He was born August 17, 1786, the fifth of nine children, in a small cabin near the Nolichucky River in Tennessee.
When he was twelve, he spent four days in school, had a fight with another boy, and left home to escape a licking from his dad.
In addition to the four days, he had only six months of formal schooling.
He was married twice, had two sons, fought the Creek Indians, served in the Tennesse legislature, and then became a US Congressman.
His rifle was named “Betsy,” and his motto was: “Be always sure you are right, and then go ahead.”
If you’ve figured out who it is with a birthday today, you also know, of course, when and where he died. Hint: I’ve seen the place, and my children know the stories of the men who died there.