Name

Jefferson Davis

Career

Public life

Occupation 1

Confederate President

Region

NA/South & Gulf region

Era

Age of Steam and Steel (1866-1920)

Born

1808

Died

1889

Source

ANB

Text

President of the Confederate States of America and U.S. senator�

Davis [was] an attractive choice for president of the Confederate States once the dissolution of the Union became a reality. His stands for southern rights were well known, but he did not alarm the Upper South. Davis accepted his election by the Montgomery convention with reluctance, for he would have preferred to serve the South as a general in command of Mississippi's troops�

Seeing that it was essential to control not only the South's manpower, but also its economy, Davis obtained through legislation extensive power over railroads and shipping. By these means he tried to ensure that foreign trade and the transportation system would serve the country's needs�

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Date: 1860
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Record ID: 358