United States Senator from Mississippi
United States Secretary of War
President of the Confederate States of America
(1808-1889) Graduated in the West Point class of 1828. He married the daughter of General and President Zachary Taylor, but she died only 3 months after their marriage. Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1845, he resigned to fight in the Mexican War, served under General Taylor, and was severely wounded at the battle of Buena Vista. He declined the appointment of brigadier general in the U.S. Army to re-enter politics, serving as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi. In 1853, he was appointed Secretary of War by President Franklin Pierce. He was chosen as the provisional president of the Confederacy and inaugurated in February 1861, at Montgomery, Alabama, and was later inaugurated as president of the permanent government at Richmond, on February 22, 1862. Fleeing from Richmond with his cabinet at the end of the war, he was captured on May 10, 1865, at Irwinsville, Ga., and held in prison for 2 years at Fort Monroe, Va.
Signature With State: 4 3/8 x 2, in ink, Jeffn. Davis, Miss. Mississippi is written above in another hand. This autograph was signed by Davis when he was serving as U.S. Senator from Mississippi. It came out of a 30th U.S. Congress autograph album, circa 1847-49. Very desirable.