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JEFFERSON DAVIS

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Jefferson Davis was born on June 3, 1808 in Kentucky in Todd County, formerly Christian County, Kentucky. Davis was educated at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky and attended the U.S. Military Academy graduating in 1828. Davis fought in the Mexican War at Monterrey and Buena Visa and was wounded. Davis retired from the army in 1835 due to health problems. In the same year Jefferson Davis married Miss Sallie Taylor whose father was Zachary Taylor however, Sally died only three months following their wedding. (Alward, nd)[1] After Sallie died, David purchased a cotton plantation complete with slaves working the field and was a successful plantation cotton farmer. In 1845, David married again, this time to Miss Varina Howell. (Alward, nd)[2] Davis was both a devoted father and husband.

I. DAVIS: SENATOR, CONGRESSMAN, & CONFEDERATE PRESIDENT Davis was elected US senator from the state of Mississippi serving ten years between 1835 and 1845 and served as a U.S. Congressman from 1846 to 1846 and again from 1857 to 1861. In 1861 when Mississippi seceded from the Union, David withdrew from the U.S. Senate. Davis was appointed the provisional president by the provisional Congress of the Confederate States on February 18, 1861. Davis held the title of the President of the Confederacy until the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.

II. DAVIS: THE AUTHOR Jefferson Davis wrote the work entitled: “A Short History of the Confederate States of America” published in 1890 and in Chapter 1: Before Secession, The Causes of the War Between the States Davis writes that: “Ignorance and credulity have enable unscrupulous partisans so to mislead public opinion, both at home and abroad, as to create the belief that the institution of African slavery was the chief cause, instead of...

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