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  1. Davis, Jefferson Davis(noun)

    American statesman; president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1808-1889)

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  1. Jefferson Davis

    Jefferson Finis Davis was an American statesman and leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, serving as President of the Confederate States of America from its beginning to its collapse and his capture in 1865. Davis was born in Kentucky and grew up on plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana. He graduated from 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. As a senator, he argued against secession, but did agree that each state was sovereign and had an unquestionable right to secede from the Union. On February 9, 1861, he became the provisional President of the Confederate States of America; he was elected without opposition to a six-year term that November. Davis took charge of the Confederate war plans but was unable to find a strategy to stop the larger, more powerful and better organized Union. His diplomatic efforts failed to gain recognition from any foreign country, and he paid little attention to the collapsing Confederate economy, printing more and more paper money to cover the war's expenses. Davis was a much less effective war leader than his Union counterpart Abraham Lincoln. Davis was too overbearing, controlling, and overly meddlesome, as well as being out of touch with public opinion. He lacked support from a political party. His preoccupation with detail, reluctance to delegate responsibility, lack of popular appeal, feuds with powerful state governors, favoritism toward old friends, inability to get along with people who disagreed with him, and neglect of civil matters in favor of military ones all worked against him.

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