Jefferson Davis Biography

Jefferson F. Davis was an American soldier and politician, and was the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, 1861 to 1865. He took personal charge of the Confederate war plans but was unable to find a strategy to defeat the more populous and industrialized Union. His diplomatic efforts failed to gain recognition from any foreign country. At home he paid little attention to the collapsing Confederate economy; the government printed more and more paper money to cover the war's expenses, leading to runaway inflation and devaluation of the Confederate Dollar.

Davis was born in Kentucky to a moderately prosperous farmer and grew up on his brother's large cotton plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana. His brother Joseph secured his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; after he graduated he served six years as a lieutenant in the United States Army. He fought in the first Mexican–American War, as the colonel of a volunteer regiment. He served as the U.S. Secretary of War, 1853 to 1857, under Democratic 14th President Franklin Pierce, and as a Democratic U.S. senator from Mississippi. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Jefferson Davis
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Soldier, Politician
Ethnicity:
Scotch-Irish American
Religion:
Anglicanism, Episcopal Church
Date of Birth:
June 3, 1808
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
December 6, 1889
Age at Death:
81
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