The Papers of Jefferson Davis
 
The Papers of Jefferson Davis
 
 

Welcome to The Papers of Jefferson Davis

 

Best known as president of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis was also a Mexican War hero, served in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and was secretary of war under Franklin Pierce.  After the Civil War he became a symbol of the Lost Cause. 

The Papers of Jefferson Davis, a documentary editing project based at Rice University in Houston, Texas, is publishing a multi-volume edition of his letters and speeches, several of which can be found on this web site.  The site also provides extensive information on Davis and his family and numerous images. 

 

Photograph by Mathew B. Brady, c1860. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. 

 

 

A Day in History

September 23, 1851

Resigns U.S. Senate seat in order to run for governor of Mississippi.
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