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Jefferson Davis (1808–1889), husband of 5th cousin 5x removed

Jefferson Finis Davis, also known as Jeff Davis, was an American statesman and leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, serving as President for its entire history. Davis graduated from West Point and fought in the Mexican–American War as a colonel of a volunteer regiment. He served as the United States Secretary of War under Democratic President Franklin Pierce.  Both before and after his time in the Pierce administration, he served as a Democratic U.S. Senator representing the State of Mississippi. As a senator, he argued against secession, but did agree that each state was sovereign and had an unquestionable right to secede from the Union.  On 9 Feb 1861, after he resigned from the United States Senate, Davis was selected to be the provisional President of the Confederate States of America; he was elected without opposition to a six-year term that November. During his presidency, Davis took charge of the Confederate war plans but was unable to find a strategy to stop the larger, more powerful and better organized Union.  His diplomatic efforts failed to gain recognition from any foreign country, and he paid little attention to the collapsing Confederate economy, printing more and more paper money to cover the war’s expenses.  Historians have criticized Davis for being a much less effective war leader than his Union counterpart Abraham Lincoln. After Davis was captured on 10 May 1865, he was charged with treason.  Although he was not tried, he was stripped of his eligibility to run for public office.  Congress posthumously lifted this restriction in 1978.

 

Jefferson Finis Davis (1808 – 1889), Husband of 5th cousin 5x removed – Sarah Knox Taylor (1814 – 1835), Wife of Jefferson Finis – (President) Zachary Taylor (1784 – 1850) – Sarah Dabney Strother (1760 – 1822) – William Dabney Strother (1726 – 1808) – Susannah Dabney (1698 – 1752) – John Dabney (1665 – 1699) – Cornelius Dabney (1631 – 1694) – Cornelius Dabney (1675 – 1765) – John Cornelius Dabney (1724 – 1773) – Sarah Ann Dabney (1740 – 1822) – Dabney Waller (1772 – 1849) – Elizabeth Dabney Waller (1808 – 1881) – Jacintha Ann Pollard (1833 – ) – Elizabeth Minor Hancock (1850 – 1928) – Seddie Gunnell (1875 – 1946) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

Jefferson Finis Davis (1808 – 1889), Husband of 4th cousin 7x removed – Sarah Knox Taylor (1814 – 1835), Wife of Jefferson Finis – President Zachary Taylor (1784 – 1850) – Richard Taylor (1744 – 1829) – Elizabeth Lee (1709 – 1750) – Hancock Lee (1653 – 1709) – Richard Lee (1617 – 1664) – Anne Lee (1654 – 1701) – Penelope Ann Youell (1670 – 1703) – Patrick Spence (1693 – 1740) – Jemima Spence (1730 – 1786) – John Suggett (1751 – 1834) – Elizabeth Betsey Suggett (1782 – 1857) – Marion Wallace Thomson (1821 – 1896) – Allen Thomson Gunnell (1848 – 1907) – Seddie Gunnell (1875 – 1946) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

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