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Thomas Jefferson Davis (The War of Southern Independence 1861-1864)

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Thomas Jefferson Davis I (December 14th, 1797-April 29th, 1864) was a Southern Plantation owner from Virginia born to Mary Varina Davis and John Ambrose Davis. He was a strong advocate of Southern Rights and married Martha Washington Ewell in 1815. He had one son, Thomas Jefferson Davis II, who inherited the Davis Plantation in 1864. During the War of Southern Independence, Davis grew ill, and suffered a heart attack 1 hour after the signing of the Treaty of Washington. His last words are said to have been: "May this land one day be free." Historians argue weather he meant Southern freedom from the North, or slaves' freedom from bondage. He was buried originally at his plantation, but was moved to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia in 1910. 

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