The Papers of Jefferson Davis
 
The Papers of Jefferson Davis
Senator Jefferson Davis, c1858 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
 

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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