As Davis lay on his deathbed, he literally pleaded with the Congress to revoke the act. He reminded them of the gallant work of his secretary of state, Judah P. Benjamin
and other Jews who supported the Confederacy. When young Congressman John Ambrose Fauntroy II visited the dying man, Fauntroy made the mistake of asserting to Davis "that the nation would be better off without those blood-sucking Jews." Davis, for his part, reached out with a frail hand grabbed young Fauntroy by the collar and fairly hissed, "Don't you never forget sir, that it was a 'blood-sucking Jew' who saved this country!"