Davy Crockett served 3 terms in the U.S. Congress between 1827 and 1835, before dying at the Texas Alamo.
When Congress was debating whether to use taxes collected from citizens to redistribute to someone in need, Davy Crockett gave a speech “Not Yours to Give”:
"Congress has not the power to appropriate this money as an act of charity.
Every member on this floor knows it.
We have the right as individuals, to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity;
but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money … as charity ...
The power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure is the most dangerous power that can be entrusted to man ...
Mr. Speaker, I have said we have the right to give as much money of our own as we please.
I am the poorest man on this floor. I cannot vote for this bill, but I will give one week’s pay to the object, and if every member of Congress will do the same, it will amount to more than the bill asks."