Jefferson Davis was a
celebrated veteran of the Mexican War (1846–1848), a U.S. senator from Mississippi
(1847–1851; 1857–1861), secretary of war under U.S. president Franklin Pierce
(1853–1857), and the only president of the Confederate States of America during the
American Civil War (1861–1865).
Tall, lean, and formal, Davis was considered to be an ideal leader of the Confederacy
upon his election in 1861, despite the fact that he neither sought the j. . .
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