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  • ID: I43216
  • Name: Jefferson Finis DAVIS
  • RELA: Spouse of 6th cousin 6x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 JUN 1808 in Fairview, Christian Co., KY
  • Education: BET 1824 AND JUN 1828 United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
  • Event: Elected 1844 U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi
  • Event: Appointed BET 1853 AND 1857 U.S. Secretary of War
  • Event: Elected BET 1857 AND 1861 United States Senator from Mississippi
  • Event: Elected BET 18 FEB 1861 AND 10 MAY 1865 President of the Confederate States
  • Death: 6 DEC 1889 in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA
  • Event: Sound
  • Event: Pic President Jefferson Davis
  • Title: Sen.
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Event: Video
  • Note:
    DAVIS, Jefferson, (son-in-law of President Zachary Taylor), a Representative and a Senator from Mississippi; born in what is now Fairview, Todd County, Ky., June 3, 1808; moved with his parents to a plantation near Woodville, Wilkinson County, Miss.; attended the country schools, St. Thomas College, Washington County, Ky., Jefferson College, Adams County, Miss., Wilkinson County Academy, and Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1828; served in the Black Hawk War in 1832; promoted to the rank of first lieutenant in the First Dragoons in 1833, and served until 1835, when he resigned; moved to his plantation, 'Brierfield,' in Warren County, Miss., and engaged in cotton planting; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress and served from March 4, 1845, until June 1846, when he resigned to command the First Regiment of Mississippi Riflemen in the war with Mexico; appointed to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jesse Speight; subsequently elected and served from August 10, 1847, until September 23, 1851, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Thirtieth through Thirty-second Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1851; appointed Secretary of War by President Franklin Pierce 1853-1857; again elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1857, until January 21, 1861, when he withdrew; seat declared vacant by Senate resolution on March 4, 1861; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia (Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses); commissioned major general of the State militia in January 1861; chosen President of the Confederacy by the Provisional Congress and inaugurated in Montgomery, Ala., February 18, 1861; elected President of the Confederacy for a term of six years and inaugurated in Richmond, Va., February 22, 1862; captured by Union troops in Irwinsville, Ga., May 10, 1865; imprisoned in Fortress Monroe, indicted for treason, and was paroled in the custody of the court in 1867; returned to Mississippi and spent the remaining years of his life writing; died in New Orleans, La., on December 6, 1889; lay in state in City Hall of New Orleans, December 8- 11, followed by interment in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, La.; reinterment on May 31, 1893, in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.; the legal disabilities placed upon him were removed, and he was posthumously restored to the full rights of citizenship, effective December 25, 1868, pursuant to a Joint Resolution of Congress (Public Law 95-466), approved October 17, 1978.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress




    Father: Samuel Emory DAVIS b: BET 1755 AND 1758 in Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
    Mother: Jane Simpson COOK b: ABT 1760 in South Carolina

    Marriage 1 Sarah Knox TAYLOR b: 6 MAR 1814 in Fort Knox, Vincennes, Knox Co., IN
    • Married: 17 JUN 1835 in Beechland, Jefferson Co., KY

    Marriage 2 Varina Anne Banks HOWELL b: 7 MAY 1826 in Natchez, Adams Co., MS
    • Married: 26 FEB 1845 in Briarfield, Natchez, Adams Co., MS
    • Event: Pic in Varina Howell & Jefferson Davis' wedding picture
    Children
    1. Has No Children Samuel Emory DAVIS b: 30 JUL 1852
    2. Has Children Margaret Howell DAVIS b: 25 FEB 1855 in Washington, D.C.
    3. Has No Children Jefferson DAVIS , Jr. b: 16 JAN 1857
    4. Has No Children Joseph Evan DAVIS b: 18 APR 1859
    5. Has No Children William Howell DAVIS b: 6 DEC 1861
    6. Has No Children Varina Anne Jefferson DAVIS b: 27 JUN 1864

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