Ten fun facts about Jefferson Davis
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He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and fought in the Mexican–American War as the colonel of a volunteer regiment.
He served as the United States Secretary of War under Democratic President Franklin Pierce, and as a Democratic U.S. senator from Mississippi.
Historians tend to attribute many of the Confederacy's weaknesses to President Davis.
Over time, admiration for his pride and ideals made him a Civil War hero to many Southerners, and his legacy became part of the foundation of the postwar New South.Fact 5
As a politician, he served as a United States senator and a Mississippi congressman and was active and accomplished, although he never completed a full term in any elected position.Fact 6
Numerous memorials were created to Davis. The largest is the 351-foot (107 m) concrete obelisk located at the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site in Fairview, Kentucky, marking his birthplace.Fact 7
In 1913, the United Daughters of the Confederacy conceived the Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway, a transcontinental highway to be built through the South.Fact 8
Davis wrote a memoir entitled The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, which he completed in 1881 and which also helped to restore his reputation.Fact 9
By the late 1880s, he began to encourage reconciliation, telling Southerners to be loyal to the Union.Fact 10
As a soldier, he was brave and resourceful. Go to more people facts ❯
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