Davis, Jefferson Finis

Jefferson Finis Davis, detail

Born in Kentucky, Jefferson Davis settled in Mississippi , and became a national political figure during the 1850s. He was a senator and secretary of war who was selected as president of the Confederacy. Richmond diarist (and Dickinson College attendee) Littleton Washington observed Davis closely during the war.

Life span
06/03/1808—12/06/1889

Life Summary

Full name
  Jefferson Finis Davis
Place of Birth
Birth Date Certainty
  Exact
Death Date Certainty
  Exact
Gender
  Male
Race
  White
Sectional choice
  South
Origins
  Slave State
No. of Siblings
  9
No. of Spouses
  2
No. of Children
  4
Family
 
Samuel Emory Davis (father), Jane Cook Davis (mother), Sarah Knox Taylor (first wife), Varina Howell Davis (second wife)
Education
  West Point (US Military Academy)
  Transylvania
Occupation
  Politician
  Military
  Farmer or Planter
Relation to Slavery
  Slaveholder
Political Parties
  Democratic
Government
  Pierce Administration (1853-57)
  Confederate government (1861-65)
  US Senate
  US House of Representatives
Military
  US military (Pre-Civil War)

Census Snapshot

Occupation in 1860
  US Senator
Political Party in 1860
  Democrat
Marital status in 1860
  Married

Note Cards

Events

Documents

Subject
 
Date Title
01/01/1857 Washington (DC) National Era, "The Future Judged by the Past," January 1, 1857
02/05/1857 New York Times, “Gen. Scott and the Secretary of War,” February 5, 1857
12/15/1857 New York Times, “Governor Walker in Washington,” December 15, 1857
12/18/1857 New York Times, “The Fight in Congress,” December 18, 1857
03/06/1858 (Concord) New Hampshire Statesman, “Douglas in the Senate,” March 6, 1858
07/09/1858 Recollection by Lew Wallace, Senator Stephen A. Douglas
07/27/1858 (Jackson) Mississippian, "Speech of Hon. Jeff Davis at Portland," July 27, 1858
08/17/1858 New York Times, “Bringing Men Together,” August 17, 1858
11/20/1858 Norman Buel Judd to Abraham Lincoln, November 20, 1858
11/25/1858 New York Times, “A Rule that Works Both Ways,” November 25, 1858
02/25/1859 San Francisco (CA) Evening Bulletin, “The National Disgrace of “Honorable” Squabbling,” February 25, 1859
02/26/1859 New York Times, “The Political Future,” February 26, 1859
07/04/1859 Bangor (ME) Whig and Courier, “The Douglas Manifesto,” July 4, 1859
09/05/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “The Speech of Hon. Jeff. Davis,” September 5, 1859
09/19/1859 Chicago (IL) Press and Tribune, “Mr. Lincoln in Ohio,” September 19, 1859
06/21/1860 Charlestown (VA) Free Press, “Jeff. Davis on Platforms,” June 21, 1860
12/10/1860 New York Herald, “The Crisis and Its Solution,” December 10, 1860
12/15/1860 Cleveland (OH) Herald, “What the South Intends to do on the Fourth of March,” December 15, 1860
01/15/1861 New York Herald, “Ex-Secretary Floyd on the Crisis,” January 15, 1861
02/20/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Bad For Virginia,” February 20, 1861
02/27/1861 New York Herald, “Should Mr. Chase Go Into the Cabinet?,” February 27, 1861
03/15/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, "Fort Sumter," March 15, 1861
03/23/1861 New York Times, “A Not Very Civil War,” March 23, 1861
04/04/1861 New York Times, “Ho! For The Road!,” April 4, 1861
04/11/1861 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, "Alarming News," April 11, 1861
04/14/1861 New York Herald, “Apprehensions of an Attack on Washington,” April 14, 1861
04/15/1861 Entry by George Templeton Strong, April 15, 1861
04/15/1861 Richmond (VA) Dispatch, “Retaliation,” April 15, 1861
04/29/1861 Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “What Can We Believe?,” April 29, 1861
04/29/1861 William Willey to Waitman Willey, April 29, 1861
05/04/1861 Atchison (KS) Freedom’s Champion, “Are They Secessionists?,” May 4, 1861
05/06/1861 Cleveland (OH) Herald, “The Feeling in Alabama,” May 6, 1861
05/09/1861 Boston (MA) Advertiser, “Not Quite a Unit,” May 9, 1861
05/16/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Help From England,” May 16, 1861
05/16/1861 New York Times, “The Reward of Treason,” May 16, 1861
06/02/1861 New York Herald, “Our Fashionable Summer Resorts,” June 2, 1861
06/07/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Treason in Illinois,” June 7, 1861
06/20/1861 New York Times, “Famine Among the Confederates,” June 20, 1861
06/23/1861 New York Times, “Are They Pirates?,” June 23, 1861
07/02/1861 Chillicothe (OH) Scioto Gazette, “Davis’ Subjects Dumpish and Disgusted,” July 2, 1861
07/13/1861 New York Times, “How to Treat the Vallandighams,” July 13, 1861
08/09/1861 San Francisco (CA) Evening Bulletin, “The Critical Time of the Union Cause,” August 9, 1861
08/20/1861 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Secession Organs in the North,” August 20, 1861
10/29/1861 Chillicothe (OH) Scioto Gazette, “Disgraceful Fraud,” October 29, 1861
11/17/1861 New York Herald, “Mason and Slidell,” November 17, 1861
11/18/1861 President Jefferson Davis, Message to the Confederate Congress, November 18, 1861
08/09/1862 New York National Anti-Slavery Standard, "Speech of Rev. M.D. Conway," August 9, 1862
07/06/1863 New York Times, “What Pennsylvania has Escaped,” July 6, 1863
07/07/1863 Chicago (IL) Tribune, “A Great Peril Escaped,” July 7, 1863
07/16/1863 New Haven (NH) Palladium,“Port Hudson,” July 16, 1863
07/30/1863 Carlisle (PA) American Volunteer, “The Skedaddlers,” July 30, 1863

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