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Jefferson Davis


Jefferson Davis’ wife of three months died from malaria in Louisiana in 1835.
  president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War (1808-1889)
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  • Jefferson Davis’ wife of three months died from malaria in Louisiana in 1835.
  • It was during this time that the birthday of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, was added as a holiday in Alabama.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • They were headed for the Jefferson Davis County School, a long white wooden building looming in the distance.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • In 1861 Jefferson Davis justified secession as an act of self-defense against the Black Republicans, whose purpose to exclude slavery from the territories would make "property in slaves so insecure as to be comparatively worthless …. thereby annihilating in effect property worth thousands of millions of dollars."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865

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  • He marches knowing that a letter has been prepared by Jefferson Davis, a letter which offers peace.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • So was Jefferson Davis.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • He talked on about the thievery of the commissary department which every month increased its demands, the knavish stupidity of Jefferson Davis and the blackguardery of the Irish who were being enticed into the Yankee army by bounty money.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • So Transylvania College it was to be—suggested, it developed, by Gilbert’s neighbor and friend, Mr. Davis, Mr. Jefferson Davis, who had once been a student there.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • So both approved it, and to-day its author is certainly the most distinguished Southerner since Jefferson Davis, and the one with the largest personal following.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He wasn’t sure where he would go today, so he chose a new route, this time going back to Dart, then east on Earhart, heading to Jefferson Davis Parkway.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun

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  • We have had Benedict Arnold, Aaron Burr, Jefferson Davis, and now we have James W. Grimes.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Jefferson Davis was elected President of the Confederacy.
    Ann Petry  --  Harriet Tubman
  • At Monterrey, Grant rode into battle alongside future Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • So my mother walked across the street to Jefferson Davis Grammar School and asked the principal if she would allow me to enter the first grade after Christmas.
    Eudora Welty  --  One Writer’s Beginnings
  • I walked her to the Lincoln Memorial and lectured her on Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stephen Douglas, Mary Todd, Andrew Johnson, John Wilkes Booth, Dr. Samuel Mudd, Edwin M. Stanton, Salmon P. Chase, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Simon Legree.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Later, at his inaugural, he proclaimed, "I have stood where once Jefferson Davis stood, and took an oath to my people.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • But as it was, we also had to worry about the Jefferson Davis school bus zooming from behind and splashing us with the murky waters of the road.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • In October, Booth traveled to Montreal, where he met with agents of Jefferson Davis’s.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • When we reached the crossing, we glanced toward Jefferson Davis.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Although he had asked Mama after the first day of school why Jefferson Davis had two buses and Great Faith had none, he had never been totally satisfied by her answer.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • At supper Mama told Big Ma of the Jefferson Davis bus being stuck in the ditch.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Stacey stared past Jefferson Davis, then back down the road toward Great Faith.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The Wallace store stood almost a half mile beyond Jefferson Davis, on a triangular lot that faced the Soldiers Bridge crossroads.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Soon Lincoln finds himself on the corner of Twelfth and Clay Streets, staring at the former home of Jefferson Davis.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • It was August 1861 when Jefferson Davis, his much younger second wife, Varina, and their three young children moved in.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Until now, Booth has taken orders from Confederate president Jefferson Davis, currently in hiding.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Northern newspapers are reporting that Richmond has fallen and that Confederate president Jefferson Davis and his entire cabinet fled the city just hours before Union troops entered.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Lee is all they believe in right now—not Confederate president Jefferson Davis, not the Army of Northern Virginia, not even terms like "states’ rights" or "pro-slavery," which spurred many men to enlist in the Confederate cause.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Zeitoun paddled down Jefferson Davis.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Even though Jefferson Davis and his cabinet have already fled Richmond and traveled to the Carolinas on the very same rail line that is delivering the food to Lee’s forces, there is no chance of the army using the railway as an escape route.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • At the corner of Jefferson Davis and Canal, she pointed to the First United Methodist Church.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Eventually, the road intersected with the Jefferson Davis School Road.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • They took Jefferson Davis Parkway to Walt and Rob’s.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • On the way home, they passed the post office at Jefferson Davis and Lafitte, the staging ground for helicopter rescues.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • His election to Congress as a strong supporter of the doctrines of Calhoun and Jefferson Davis followed.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • As he approached the junction of Earhart, Jefferson Davis, and Washington, the land rose up a bit, and he could see dry grass, a wide intersection with a large green and brown patch in the middle.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • On it are written the keys to top-secret coded Confederate messages that link him with Jefferson Davis’s office in Richmond and with the million-dollar gold fund in Montreal.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • Garbed in his familiar blue tailed coat with brass buttons, and a buff waistcoat and breeches, he deliberately pauseda moment as he gazed about at the greatest assemblage of Senators ever to gather in that chamber—Clay, Benton, Houston, Jefferson Davis, Hale, Bell, Cass, Seward, Chase, Stephen A. Douglas and others.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • After Jefferson Davis had come back to Mississippi, having resigned from the Senate, and had accepted the command of the troops of Mississippi with the rank of Major General, Cass called upon him, at the request of Gilbert.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Having lost all hope thatthe South could obtain justice in the Federal Union, he walked out of the Democratic Convention in Charleston with Jefferson Davis, helping to break still another link in the chain of Union.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • I cried, remembering that Jefferson Davis didn’t dismiss until mid-May.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • We had just passed Great Faith and were approaching the Jefferson Davis School Road when a ragged pickup came into view.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Come October, we would trudge to school as always, barefooted and grumbling, fighting the dust and the mud and the Jefferson Davis school bus.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Among the acquaintances and colleagues who march across the pages of his diary are Sam Adams (a kinsman), John Hancock, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Lafayette, John Jay, James Madison, James Monroe, John Marshall, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Hart Benton, John Tyler, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Lincoln, James Buchanan, William Lloyd Garrison, Andrew Johnson, Jefferson Davis and many others.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • He had already made several tours of Texas during the Senate’s autumn recesses, comparing Calhoun with "reckless demagogues," terming Jefferson Davis "ambitious as Lucifer and cold as a lizard," and denouncing with equal vigor both "the mad fanaticism of the North" and "the mad ambition of the South."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • In February, 1865, Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee threw their weight behind a measure to enroll slaves in the army—with the assumption, although not the explicit authorization, that they would be freed as a reward for such service.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • His old friend Jefferson Davis hurt him deeply by publicly condemning Lamar’s disregard of the Legislature’s instructions as an attack upon "the foundation of our political system" and the long-standing practice of the Southern Democratic party.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • At the great reunion, years later, of the Army of Northern Virginia, Longstreet is not even invited, but he comes anyway, stubborn to the end, walks down the aisle in his old gray uniform, stars of a general on his collar, and is received by an enormous ovation by the men, with tears and an embrace from Jefferson Davis.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • Not wanting to walk past the Simmses’ place for fear R.W. and Melvin had taken the Jackson Road home, he did not get out at the Jefferson Davis School Road intersection, but instead crossed Soldiers Bridge with the farmer and got out at the intersection beyond the bridge and walked around, coming from the west to our house.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • …could read the words written many years before in the lonely plantation house after Cass Mastern had freed his slaves or in the lawyer’s room in Jackson, Mississippi, or by candlelight in the hotel room in Vicksburg after the conversation with Jefferson Davis or by the dying campfire in some bivouac while the forms of men lay stretched on the ground in the night around and the night was filled with a slow, sad, susurrous rustle, like the wind fingering the pines, which was not,…
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
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