Portrait of Jefferson Davis, 1808-1889, half length. Head and shoulders facing to the right. He is in a black suit and stock with white shirt. Black tie and vest; Black Hair. Dark background. Davis was born in Kentucky and graduated West Point in 1828. He served in the Black Hawk War and the Mexican War. He served as Congressman and Senator from Mississippi. In 1861, he was elected President of the Confedertae States of America.
A prominent slaveholder from Mississippi, Jefferson Davis served as president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. He formerly held positions as U.S. senator and secretary of war. On February 18, 1861, Davis was inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama, as president of the provisional Confederate government; in 1862 he was elected to a six-year term. After the Confederacy’s defeat in 1865, Davis was imprisoned for two years and indicted for treason but never brought to trial. He retired to Beauvoir, Mississippi and published his memoirs, Rise and Fall of The Confederate Government, in 1881.