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Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederacy

Jefferson Davis, first and only president of the Confederacy, left the U.S.
Senate to help lead the secessionist states in 1861. But his political skills or lack thereof, made the new government's performance inconsistent and often fractious, although his support of Robert E. Lee was his strongest point. Davis was imprisoned for two years after the war but never tried, and died a much-admired figure in the South.

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