Jefferson Davis - Research Article from American Civil War Reference Library

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Jefferson Davis

Born June 3, 1808
Southwestern Kentucky
Died December 6, 1889
New Orleans, Louisiana

President of the Confederate States of America

"The Union is a creature of the states. It has no inherent power. All it possesses was delegated by the states."

Jefferson Davis. (Photography by Mathew Brady. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)

Jefferson Davis served as the president of the Confederate States of America during its four years of existence. He was the South's political leader during the Civil War and the counterpart of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865; see entry). "On each side there was one man who stood at storm center, trying to lead a people who would follow no leader for long unless they felt in him some final embodiment [expression] of the deep passions and misty insights that moved them," Bruce Catton wrote in The Civil War. "This man was the President...

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