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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Davy Crockett (1786–1836)
QUOTATION: I am now here in Congress … I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me, or the driver at my heels, with his whip in hand, commanding me to ge-wo-haw, just at his pleasure.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative DAVID CROCKETT, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, final paragraph, p. 113 (1834).

Earlier (pp. 18–19), he had discussed his lack of formal education: “But it will be a source of astonishment to many, who reflect that I am now a member of the American Congress,—the most enlightened body of men in the world,—that at so advanced an age, the age of fifteen, I did not know the first letter in the book.”
SUBJECTS: Congress