Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.

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US Civil War
Jefferson Davis

Why was Jefferson Davis important in regards to the civil war?

He symbolised the Lost Cause.

He was a good figurehead for the Confederacy - a representative of the planter-aristocracy, with noble instincts, a strong feeling of feudal obligation to his slaves (who were so well-treated, they didn't want their freedom), and a respectable war record in Mexico, which appeared to give him military credibility.

But events soon showed that he was out of his depth, lacking strategic insight, failing to choose good Generals, and in the end scuttling away from his responsibilities and talking wildly about continuing the struggle from beyond the Mississippi.

Compared with Robert E. Lee, who surrendered manfully, earning high respect and generous terms from his captors, Davis was seen as a man who talked too much, dodging reality, and whose character ultimately failed the test.

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What were Jefferson Davis' two major problems during the civil war?

A Northern blockade, preventing him from importing war supplies.

His own ineptitude at handling a lot of feuding Generals.

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Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson Davis

Did Jefferson Davis plot to kill Abraham Lincoln?

No! Booth was delivering smuggled medicine to General Stonewall Jackson. Jackson was so impressed with Booth that he spoke highly of him to Jefferson Davis. On May 2, 1863, Jefferson Davis summoned Booth for a secret meeting. At the meeting Davis offered Booth $50,000 in gold to capture Abraham Lincoln and exchange him for the Confederate prisoners of war held by the North. He also offered Booth another $50,000 in gold to begin a new life afterward. Booth accepted.

In March 1864, Abraham Lincoln gave Col. Ulrich Dahlgren the job to kill Jefferson Davis. Dahlgren failed and he was killed.

Source: Lincoln, Davis, and Booth

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Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

Who was the President of the Confederate States?

Jefferson Davis (June 3, 1808 - December 6, 1889) was the only president of the Confederate States of America. He was appointed provisional president on February 9, 1861, and elected to the presidency on November 6, 1861. He did not serve out his full 6-year term because the government was disbanded on May 5, 1865.

Before the Civil War, Davis served in the Mississippi Legislature, the US House and US Senate. He fought in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) as a colonel of a volunteer regiment. From 1853 to 1857, he was the US Secretary of War in the cabinet of President Franklin Pierce. The party he was from was the Democratic Party, which generally supported slavery at that time.
Jefferson Davis - a retired soldier who appeared to be a good figurehead of the Confederacy, embodying all the feudal virtues of the benevolent slave-owner.

In fact, he failed on all counts - a bad chooser and user of Generals, a poor Cabinet leader, and a reluctant public speaker when rousing appearances in public were most needed.
Jefferson Davis - not a success, and no match for Lincoln.

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Jefferson Davis

What was Jefferson's Davis importance to the civil war?

He was the Southern President, directly challenging Lincoln.

It did not take long to reveal that Davis had moved up too high for his talents. He was not successful in handling either his own cabinet nor the Generals fighting for him. When it came to the surrender, his character failed and he scuttled away from his responsibilities.

His appointment as President worked to Lincoln's advantage throughout.

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Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis

What are facts about Jefferson Davis?

Jefferson Davis was the President of The Confederate States of America;

Jefferson Davis married the Great- Great Granddaughter of George Washington, who was also Zachary Taylor's daughter;

Additional facts are:

1. Jefferson Davis graduated from West Point and served in the US army.

2. He served in the Mexican War;

3. He was a senator from Mississippi before the Civil War;

4. He was the Secretary of War for the US;

5. He was a wealthy slave owner in Mississippi.

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Jefferson Davis

Who was Jefferson Davis?

The first President of the Confederate States of America.

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Savage Arms and J. Stevens
Jefferson Davis

What is the value of a 12 gauge NR Davis and Son single shot shotgun made by Davis Warner Arms Co Chicopee Falls Mass?

Made during the 1920's. Value on any of these single-shot shotguns tops out under $100.

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Jefferson Davis

What is Jefferson Davis nickname?

The president of the confederate states of America

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How did the wife of Jefferson Davis die?

The first wife of Jefferson Davis, Sarah Knox Taylor, died of yellow fever September 15, 1835. The young couple had been married only three short months.

Verina Howell, Davis' second wife would die in 1906 at the age of 80 from pneumonia.

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Emancipation Proclamation
Jefferson Davis

What was the second state to secede from the Union?

Mississippi

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Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson Davis

Could Jefferson Davis really be Thomas Jefferson?

No. There is no way that Thomas Jefferson and Jefferson Davis were the same person. The reasons are thusly: Jefferson was born April, 3, 1743 and he died July 4, 1826. Davis was alive during the Civil War.

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Jefferson Davis

What is Jefferson Davis home state?

Born in Kentucky, but ran his estates in Mississippi, rather unusually, that far 'down the river', as a benevolent slave-owner.

This led him to believe that other slave-owners were equally responsible and humane. In this, he misjudged both the people and the situation.

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History of the United States
African-American History
Jefferson Davis

What was ironic about Hiram Revels filling Jefferson Davis' senate seat after the civil war?

Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America in the Civil War, therefore it's safe to assume that he was in favor of allowing African Americans to be owned as slaves and granted very few rights. The fact that his vacated senate seat was eventually filled by the first African American senator is ironic in that the ability to participate in the government and politics was precisely the kind of power that the racist southern whites had fought so hard to keep out of the hands of the African Americans.

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Jefferson Davis

When did Jefferson Davis and Varina get married?

The couple was wed on February 26, 1845.

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Savage Arms and J. Stevens
Jefferson Davis

Where can you find pictures to determine the make and model of a 12 gauge NR Davis and Son single shot made by the Davis Warner Arms Co Chicopee Falls Mass?

There isn't going to be any, unless you find an old catalog. The NR Davis Gun Co bought the Warner Gun Co in 1917 and began producing guns marked Davis Warner Arms Co. Shortly after, the Crescent Firearms Co bought the company and produced guns under that name from parts already manufactured, until Crescent was bought by Stevens Arms.

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Jefferson Davis

How did Jefferson Davis get involved in the war?

Jefferson Davis became the president of the confederate states during the civil war.

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Jefferson Davis

What was Jefferson Davis central problem?

a. In a society that prized states' rights, Davis had to centralize authority.

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Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson Davis

What is different about Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis?

Abraham Lincoln& Jefferson DavisAbraham Lincoln was president of the union, and the United States. Jefferson Davis was president of the confederacy, which had temperarily seceded from the Union or the United States.
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War and Military History
Jefferson Davis

What was the impact of the Civil War on the Pacific Northwest?

It was not impacted by the war because of distance, but it suffered from a lack of immigration and expansion because of wartime shortages.

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History of the United States
Politics and Government
Jefferson Davis
Shays' Rebellion

What is Daniel Shays best remembered for?

shays' rebellion

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Jefferson Davis

Where did Jefferson Davis go to college?

He went to Transylvania University.He was also a cadet at the US Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1828.
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War and Military History
Jefferson Davis

Who was the president of the South during the US Civil War?

Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America for its entire duration during the Civil War (1861-1865). At first the Confederate Congress made Davis the provisional president and then within a year or so elected him as the permanent president. As an aside, the Confederate Constitution called for a president's term to be one of six years, with no reelection allowed. Davis had good qualifications. He had attended a good college, Transylvania and later graduated from West Point. He had also served for a time as the US Secretary of War.

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Jefferson Davis

How did Jefferson Davis influence the war?

By means of his experience in military matters, which formed in the whole, a disaster for the Confederacy, because he deemed himself a great strategist and military leader and thereby he assessed his real capabilities far above their actual level.

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Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson Davis

How did Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis relate?

Both had roles in the Civil War.

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