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.

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