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Jefferson Finis Davis, American politician who was eventually the only President of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865, was a veteran of the Mexican-American War and President Franklin Pierce's Secretary of War before he was elected Senator from the state of Mississippi. Although he argued against the secession of the South, he believed that every state was sovereign and had the right to secede from the Union. He resigned from the Senate in January 1861, after he was advised that Mississippi had indeed seceded from the Union. In February, he was appointed Confederate President, and thereafter was elected to a six-year term. He was captured in 1865, charged with treason, and was never tried, though he was stripped of the right to run for public office. A full 89 years after he died, that right was returned to him by President Carter in 1978.
  • Beauvoir

    The Jefferson Davis home and presidential library, which is owned and operated by the Mississippi Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, exhibits news about the institution, a calendar of upcoming events, a photo gallery, and the history of his last home and the place to which he retired.

  • Capture of Jefferson Davis

    Encyclopedia entry about the May, 1865, capture of the Confederate States of America President's capture and imprisonment as well as a list of suggested reading.

  • The Papers of Jefferson Davis

    Project documentary about Jefferson Davis, this includes genealogy, chronology of facts, bibliography, and other featured links.

  • President Jefferson Davis

    Browse over information about his life as the president and other related links.

  • Speeches of the Hon. Jefferson Davis

    Presents the text of speeches delivered by then-Senator Jefferson Davis, of Mississippi, delivered in the summer of 1858 regarding slavery, nullification, and states' rights.

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