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Needless to say, you’ll get different opinions on Davis depending on whom (and where) you ask. In the Southern states that seceded, he is largely remembered, more-or-less, as a hero who tried his best to defend the Confederacy from the Union forces. There are monuments, streets, and schools honoring him in these states. In the North, he’s basically remembered as the guy who lost to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and praise to him is typically laughed off. Due to his support of slavery and his beliefs that whites were racially superior, the African American community [[ForegoneConclusion isn’t very fond of him]]. Historians usually don’t think very highly of his leadership abilities, although there is a growing opinion that he himself was a potentially competent leader stuck in a position that called for far more than mere competence. Remember the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment.

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Needless to say, you’ll get different opinions on Davis depending on whom (and where) you ask. In the Southern states that seceded, he is largely remembered, more-or-less, as a hero who tried his best to defend the Confederacy from the Union forces. There are monuments, streets, and schools honoring him in these states. In the North, he’s basically remembered as the guy who lost to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln and praise to him is typically laughed off. Due to his support of slavery and his beliefs that whites were racially superior, the African American community [[ForegoneConclusion isn’t very fond of him]]. Historians usually don’t think very highly of his leadership abilities, although there is a growing opinion that he himself was a potentially competent leader stuck in a position that called for far more than mere competence. Remember the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment.
Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment.


* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera ''Series/NorthAndSouth'' (starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole). He is played by Creator/LloydBridges. Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-headed blowhard.)

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* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera ''Series/NorthAndSouth'' (starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole).StarMakingRole). He is played by Creator/LloydBridges. Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-headed blowhard.)


* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. (Creator/JackieEarleHaley)

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* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. (Creator/JackieEarleHaley)Stephens (Creator/JackieEarleHaley).
* In the AlternateHistory series ''Literature/DecadesOfDarkness'', where New England secedes in the early 1800s, Davis eventually becomes President of the US -- ironically, at the same time that Lincoln is President of New England. For even more irony, it's Davis who ends up assassinated, with Lincoln attending his funeral.


Unfortunately for Davis, running the South during this very difficult time proved to be too much for him. It didn’t help that the relationship between the state and federal governments of the Confederacy [[DisasterDemocracy were looser than in the North]], where the federal government has clear authority over state governments.[[note]]For example, at one point, Georgia required more locomotives to transport troops and military supplies, and noted that Florida had some that weren't being used. After Florida denied Georgia's request, Georgian soldiers marched to the border to seize the locomotives by force, and were countered by Floridian soldiers, the whole affair stopping ''just short'' of a shooting battle.[[/note]] [[WithFriendsLikeThese Or that his Cabinet members often fought with both Davis and each other.]] Or that no foreign nation would come to the Confederacy’s aid despite his pleas. Or that the Southern economy collapsed during the war, and that Davis’ decision to fix it by printing loads and loads of bills [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things so much worse]]. From start to finish, the Southern economy's currency inflated by ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ over 9000%]]''. Still, Davis knew that the Confederacy had fewer forces and fewer resources than the Union, so he decided to fight a largely defensive war. He appointed Robert E. Lee to defend Virginia, which saved the Confederate capital of Richmond for a few years. In early 1865, Lee warned that he could no longer defend Richmond, and Davis was forced to flee, along with his cabinet. After a final meeting in Danville, he went south with the intention of sailing to Europe with his wife, but he was captured before they reached the coast of Georgia. UrbanLegend states that he dressed as a woman to avoid capture, but in reality he only put on his wife’s overcoat because it was cold that morning. Davis was captured, charged with treason, and imprisoned for two years. A trial was never held, despite the fact that Davis wanted one, because the members of President Andrew Johnson's cabinet argued about whether or not charges of treason could be proven. After two years of imprisonment, Davis was released on bail of $100,000, which was posted by prominent citizens including Horace Greeley, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gerrit Smith. Davis remained under indictment until he was released from all liability by the presidential amnesty issued by Johnson on December 25, 1868.

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Unfortunately for Davis, running the South during this very difficult time proved to be too much for him. It didn’t help that the relationship between the state and federal governments of the Confederacy [[DisasterDemocracy were looser than in the North]], where the federal government has clear authority over state governments.[[note]]For example, at one point, Georgia required more locomotives to transport troops and military supplies, and noted that Florida had some that weren't being used. After Florida denied Georgia's request, Georgian soldiers marched to the border to seize the locomotives by force, and were countered by Floridian soldiers, the whole affair stopping ''just short'' of a shooting battle.[[/note]] [[WithFriendsLikeThese Or that his Cabinet members often fought with both Davis and each other.]] Or that no foreign nation would come to the Confederacy’s aid despite his pleas. Or that the Southern economy collapsed during the war, and that Davis’ decision to fix it by printing loads and loads of bills [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things so much worse]]. worse. From start to finish, the Southern economy's currency inflated by ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ over 9000%]]''.''over 9000%''. Still, Davis knew that the Confederacy had fewer forces and fewer resources than the Union, so he decided to fight a largely defensive war. He appointed Robert E. Lee to defend Virginia, which saved the Confederate capital of Richmond for a few years. In early 1865, Lee warned that he could no longer defend Richmond, and Davis was forced to flee, along with his cabinet. After a final meeting in Danville, he went south with the intention of sailing to Europe with his wife, but he was captured before they reached the coast of Georgia. UrbanLegend states that he dressed as a woman to avoid capture, but in reality he only put on his wife’s overcoat because it was cold that morning. Davis was captured, charged with treason, and imprisoned for two years. A trial was never held, despite the fact that Davis wanted one, because the members of President Andrew Johnson's cabinet argued about whether or not charges of treason could be proven. After two years of imprisonment, Davis was released on bail of $100,000, which was posted by prominent citizens including Horace Greeley, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gerrit Smith. Davis remained under indictment until he was released from all liability by the presidential amnesty issued by Johnson on December 25, 1868.


Unfortunately for Davis, running the South during this very difficult time proved to be too much for him. It didn’t help that the relationship between the state and federal governments of the Confederacy [[DisasterDemocracy were looser than in the North]], where the federal government has clear authority over state governments. [[WithFriendsLikeThese Or that his Cabinet members often fought with both Davis and each other.]] Or that no foreign nation would come to the Confederacy’s aid despite his pleas. Or that the Southern economy collapsed during the war, and that Davis’ decision to fix it by printing loads and loads of bills [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things so much worse]]. From start to finish, the Southern economy's currency inflated by ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ over 9000%]]''. Still, Davis knew that the Confederacy had fewer forces and fewer resources than the Union, so he decided to fight a largely defensive war. He appointed Robert E. Lee to defend Virginia, which saved the Confederate capital of Richmond for a few years. In early 1865, Lee warned that he could no longer defend Richmond, and Davis was forced to flee, along with his cabinet. After a final meeting in Danville, he went south with the intention of sailing to Europe with his wife, but he was captured before they reached the coast of Georgia. UrbanLegend states that he dressed as a woman to avoid capture, but in reality he only put on his wife’s overcoat because it was cold that morning. Davis was captured, charged with treason, and imprisoned for two years. A trial was never held, despite the fact that Davis wanted one, because the members of President Andrew Johnson's cabinet argued about whether or not charges of treason could be proven. After two years of imprisonment, Davis was released on bail of $100,000, which was posted by prominent citizens including Horace Greeley, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gerrit Smith. Davis remained under indictment until he was released from all liability by the presidential amnesty issued by Johnson on December 25, 1868.

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Unfortunately for Davis, running the South during this very difficult time proved to be too much for him. It didn’t help that the relationship between the state and federal governments of the Confederacy [[DisasterDemocracy were looser than in the North]], where the federal government has clear authority over state governments. [[note]]For example, at one point, Georgia required more locomotives to transport troops and military supplies, and noted that Florida had some that weren't being used. After Florida denied Georgia's request, Georgian soldiers marched to the border to seize the locomotives by force, and were countered by Floridian soldiers, the whole affair stopping ''just short'' of a shooting battle.[[/note]] [[WithFriendsLikeThese Or that his Cabinet members often fought with both Davis and each other.]] Or that no foreign nation would come to the Confederacy’s aid despite his pleas. Or that the Southern economy collapsed during the war, and that Davis’ decision to fix it by printing loads and loads of bills [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things so much worse]]. From start to finish, the Southern economy's currency inflated by ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ over 9000%]]''. Still, Davis knew that the Confederacy had fewer forces and fewer resources than the Union, so he decided to fight a largely defensive war. He appointed Robert E. Lee to defend Virginia, which saved the Confederate capital of Richmond for a few years. In early 1865, Lee warned that he could no longer defend Richmond, and Davis was forced to flee, along with his cabinet. After a final meeting in Danville, he went south with the intention of sailing to Europe with his wife, but he was captured before they reached the coast of Georgia. UrbanLegend states that he dressed as a woman to avoid capture, but in reality he only put on his wife’s overcoat because it was cold that morning. Davis was captured, charged with treason, and imprisoned for two years. A trial was never held, despite the fact that Davis wanted one, because the members of President Andrew Johnson's cabinet argued about whether or not charges of treason could be proven. After two years of imprisonment, Davis was released on bail of $100,000, which was posted by prominent citizens including Horace Greeley, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gerrit Smith. Davis remained under indictment until he was released from all liability by the presidential amnesty issued by Johnson on December 25, 1868.


* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]] Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-headed blowhard)
* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic [[{{Film/Lincoln}}]] as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. [[Creator/JackieEarleHaley (Jackie Earle-Haley)]]

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* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring ''Series/NorthAndSouth'' (starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) BreakoutRole). He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]] Creator/LloydBridges. Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-headed blowhard)
blowhard.)
* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic [[{{Film/Lincoln}}]] ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'' as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. [[Creator/JackieEarleHaley (Jackie Earle-Haley)]](Creator/JackieEarleHaley)


Davis was elected to the House of Representatives in 1845 (representing Mississippi), but resigned less than a year later to fight in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar. He fought very bravely in the war, reached the rank of Colonel, and met with President UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk a few times. He then completed the term of a Mississippi Senator who died while in office. After a failed attempt at becoming Governor of Mississippi, Davis served as Secretary of War under President UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce. He was then elected to the Senate again, and spent most of his term [[{{Irony}} making speeches against secession]]. Although he did believe that each state had to right to secede, his service as Secretary of War led him to ([[GenreSavvy correctly]]) believe that the North was stronger than the South. When Mississippi seceded in 1861, he resigned from the Senate and would later call it the saddest day of his life.

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Davis was elected to the House of Representatives in 1845 (representing Mississippi), but resigned less than a year later to fight in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar. He fought very bravely in the war, reached the rank of Colonel, and met with President UsefulNotes/JamesKPolk a few times. He then completed the term of a Mississippi Senator who died while in office. After a failed attempt at becoming Governor of Mississippi, Davis served as Secretary of War under President UsefulNotes/FranklinPierce. He was then elected to the Senate again, and spent most of his term [[{{Irony}} making speeches against secession]]. Although he did believe that each state had to right to secede, his service as Secretary of War led him to ([[GenreSavvy correctly]]) (correctly) believe that the North was stronger than the South. When Mississippi seceded in 1861, he resigned from the Senate and would later call it the saddest day of his life.


* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]] Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-blowhard)

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* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]] Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-blowhard)air-headed blowhard)


* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]]

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* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]]]] Davis here is given a bit of a HistoricalVillainUpgrade. (He is portrayed as more pro-succession then he ever was in real life, as well as being a bit of an air-blowhard)


* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic [[{{LiveActionFilm/Lincoln}}]] as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. [[Creator/JackieEarleHaley (Jackie Earle-Haley)]]

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* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic [[{{LiveActionFilm/Lincoln}}]] [[{{Film/Lincoln}}]] as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. [[Creator/JackieEarleHaley (Jackie Earle-Haley)]]

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* Appears in the second arc of the soap opera [[Series/NorthAndSouth]]. (Starring a young and dashing Patrick Swayze in his BreakoutRole) He is played by [[Creator/LloydBridges Lloyd Bridges.]]
* He is mentioned in passing in the biopic [[{{LiveActionFilm/Lincoln}}]] as TheGhost by Vice-President of the Confederacy Alexander Stephens. [[Creator/JackieEarleHaley (Jackie Earle-Haley)]]


'''Jefferson Davis''' (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was the first and only President of [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Confederate States of America]].

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'''Jefferson Finis Davis''' (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was the first and only President of [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Confederate States of America]].


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'''Jefferson Davis''' (1808-1889) was the first and only President of [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Confederate States of America]].

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[[caption-width-right:250:If [[caption-width-right:250:''"If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.]]

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'''Jefferson Davis''' (1808-1889) (June 3, 1808 – December 6, 1889) was the first and only President of [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar the Confederate States of America]].


Unfortunately for Davis, running the South during this very difficult time proved to be too much for him. It didn’t help that the relationship between the state and federal governments of the Confederacy [[DisasterDemocracy were looser than in the North]], where the federal government has clear authority over state governments. [[WithFriendsLikeThese Or that his Cabinet members often fought with both Davis and each other.]] Or that no foreign nation would come to the Confederacy’s aid despite his pleas. Or that the Southern economy collapsed during the war, and that Davis’ decision to fix it by printing loads and loads of bills [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things so much worse]]. From start to finish, the Southern economy's currency inflated by ''[[DragonBallZ over 9000%]]''. Still, Davis knew that the Confederacy had fewer forces and fewer resources than the Union, so he decided to fight a largely defensive war. He appointed Robert E. Lee to defend Virginia, which saved the Confederate capital of Richmond for a few years. In early 1865, Lee warned that he could no longer defend Richmond, and Davis was forced to flee, along with his cabinet. After a final meeting in Danville, he went south with the intention of sailing to Europe with his wife, but he was captured before they reached the coast of Georgia. UrbanLegend states that he dressed as a woman to avoid capture, but in reality he only put on his wife’s overcoat because it was cold that morning. Davis was captured, charged with treason, and imprisoned for two years. A trial was never held, despite the fact that Davis wanted one, because the members of President Andrew Johnson's cabinet argued about whether or not charges of treason could be proven. After two years of imprisonment, Davis was released on bail of $100,000, which was posted by prominent citizens including Horace Greeley, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gerrit Smith. Davis remained under indictment until he was released from all liability by the presidential amnesty issued by Johnson on December 25, 1868.

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Unfortunately for Davis, running the South during this very difficult time proved to be too much for him. It didn’t help that the relationship between the state and federal governments of the Confederacy [[DisasterDemocracy were looser than in the North]], where the federal government has clear authority over state governments. [[WithFriendsLikeThese Or that his Cabinet members often fought with both Davis and each other.]] Or that no foreign nation would come to the Confederacy’s aid despite his pleas. Or that the Southern economy collapsed during the war, and that Davis’ decision to fix it by printing loads and loads of bills [[NiceJobBreakingItHero only made things so much worse]]. From start to finish, the Southern economy's currency inflated by ''[[DragonBallZ ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ over 9000%]]''. Still, Davis knew that the Confederacy had fewer forces and fewer resources than the Union, so he decided to fight a largely defensive war. He appointed Robert E. Lee to defend Virginia, which saved the Confederate capital of Richmond for a few years. In early 1865, Lee warned that he could no longer defend Richmond, and Davis was forced to flee, along with his cabinet. After a final meeting in Danville, he went south with the intention of sailing to Europe with his wife, but he was captured before they reached the coast of Georgia. UrbanLegend states that he dressed as a woman to avoid capture, but in reality he only put on his wife’s overcoat because it was cold that morning. Davis was captured, charged with treason, and imprisoned for two years. A trial was never held, despite the fact that Davis wanted one, because the members of President Andrew Johnson's cabinet argued about whether or not charges of treason could be proven. After two years of imprisonment, Davis was released on bail of $100,000, which was posted by prominent citizens including Horace Greeley, Cornelius Vanderbilt and Gerrit Smith. Davis remained under indictment until he was released from all liability by the presidential amnesty issued by Johnson on December 25, 1868.


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Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.]]



Less than a month later, Davis was chosen as the President of the Confederacy for his political and military experience. He actually wanted to serve as the leader of the Confederate forces, though. Davis initially sought a peaceful way to maintain the independence of the Confederacy, but he gave up when UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln refused his proposals and the Union-controlled Fort Sumter in South Carolina was attacked. Thus, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar began.

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Less than a month later, Davis was chosen as the President of the Confederacy for his political and military experience. He actually wanted to serve as the leader of the Confederate forces, though. Davis initially sought a peaceful way to maintain the independence of the Confederacy, but he gave up when UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln refused his proposals and the Union-controlled Fort Sumter in South Carolina was attacked. Thus, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar began.
began. Davis was well aware that the South was outmatched by the North both in terms of resources and manpower, and from the beginning he determined to fight a mainly defensive war, while lobbying for support from England and France to help win international recognition as a new nation.

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