The Papers of Jefferson Davis
 
The Papers of Jefferson Davis

The Great Seal of the Confederate States of America (picturing George Washington) Engraved in London by Joseph S. Wyon Museum of the Confederacy

 

Chronology

 

Youth and Education

1807/1808
June 3
Born in Christian County (now Todd County) on a site that has since become a part of Fairview, Kentucky, the son of Samuel Emory and Jane Cook Davis. The spot is commemorated with a large monument. For more information about Davis' birth year, see the FAQ
 
1809/1810
Family moves to the Bayou Teche country of Louisiana and shortly thereafter to Wilkinson County, Mississippi; settles in Woodville and builds Rosemont
 
1816-18
Attends St. Thomas College near Springfield, Kentucky
 
1818-23
Returns to Mississippi; enters Jefferson College in Adams County; later transfers to Wilkinson County Academy and lives at home in Woodville
 
1823-24
Member of the junior class at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky
 
1824
July 4
Davis' father Samuel Emory Davis dies
 
1824
Enters the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York 
 
1825
August
Arrested and court-martialed for July 31 visit to Benny Havens' pub; sentence remitted
 
1826
December 25
Arrested and confined to quarters at the beginning of the "Eggnog Riot"; released in February 1827
1828
Graduates  23d in a class of 33 from the United States Military Academy

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The Papers of Jefferson Davis
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