Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis
Portrait of Jefferson Davis

1st President of the Confederate States
February 18, 1861 - February 18, 1867

Predecessor none
Successor Alexander H. Stephens
Vice President Alexander H. Stephens

23rd United States Secretary of War
March 7, 1853 – March 3, 1857

Predecessor Charles Magill Conrad
Successor John Buchanan Floyd

United States Senator from Mississippi
August 10, 1847 – September 23, 1851

March 4, 1857 – January 21, 1861

Predecessor Jesse Speight

Stephen Adams

Successor John J. McRae

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's At-large district
March 4, 1845 – June 1, 1846

Predecessor Tilghman M. Tucker
Successor Henry T. Ellett
Born June 3, 1808
Christian County, Kentucky
Died December 6, 1889
New Orleans, Louisiana
Political Party Democrat
Profession Soldier, Politician

Jefferson Finis Davis (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was an American statesman and 1st President of the Confederate States. A West Point graduate, Davis fought in the Mexican-American War as a colonel of the Mississippi Rifles, and was the United States Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. Both before and after his time in the Pierce administration, he served as a Democratic U.S. Senator representing the State of Mississippi. As a senator, he argued against secession, but did agree that each state was sovereign and had an unquestionable right to secede from the Union.