A Student of History

February 25, 2008

Do we celebrate Jeff Davis’ 200th?

Filed under: Early America,The strange place called the South — John Maass @ 7:00 am

From an AP story:

It hasn’t been easy getting people excited about celebrating the 200th birthday of that tall, gaunt, bearded, Kentucky-bred president who was born in a log cabin and went on to lead his people through a bloody civil war. No, not Abraham Lincoln. Last week, President Bush himself helped kick off a two-year celebration of the Great Emancipator’s Feb. 12, 2009, bicentennial that will include dozens of events in Kentucky, Illinois, Washington and beyond.It’s the Jefferson Davis 200th that has turned out to be something of a lost cause.

“The response to date has been timid,” acknowledges Bertram Hayes- Davis, head of the Davis Family Association and great-great grandson of the only president of the short-lived Confederate States of America. “Nobody has said no. Many haven’t said yes.”

I guess they would have the same problem with Benedict Arnold’s birthday as well.

Jefferson Davis, by Louis Mathieu Didier Guillaume, c. 1862-65.


  1. Davis is so yesterday! I’m already gearing up for the Alexander Stephens bicentennial (2012).

    Comment by elektratig — February 27, 2008 @ 6:06 am | Reply

  2. The association of President Davis with Benedict Arnold is deplorable. Davis was never tried for treason because there was no case against him. To insinuate that he was a traitor is a defamation of his character. Davis’ life was an illustration of noble character, unlike the life of Lincoln. Davis was admired by the people of the Confederacy and nations around the world. The massive turn out for his funeral is but a small testimony of how much he was admired, even after the war.

    Comment by Jeff Murrah — April 15, 2008 @ 8:25 pm | Reply

    • My name is Michael Briggs, I am a War Between The States art collector and history buff. Of my 5 children all of my boys
      are named after Confederate Heros. My youngest son is named after President Davis. He was a Great Man of Honor, Devoted to
      duty and the unbending desire to gain freedom for our Southern Independence. He is my Hero. The world should know the true
      meaning of Honor, is, JEFFERSON DAVIS, American Hero!!! Thank You. M.B.Briggs

      Comment by m.b.briggs — August 13, 2010 @ 10:24 pm | Reply

      • Jeff Davis was a traitor to his country.

        Comment by John Maass — September 29, 2010 @ 8:37 am

  3. Jeff–you are living proof that the utter wackiness of the neo-Confeds is alive and well!! I wonder how noble his slaves thought he was….and how admired he was by Braxton Bragg, et. al.

    Comment by John Maass — April 21, 2008 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  4. John Maas,

    Apparently, several of Pres. Davis’s slaves thought well of him because they stayed with him even after they were freed. In fact, Mrs. Davis sent her children to safety in the care of one such slave, who slugged a Northerner, who insulted Pres. Davis.

    Comment by Shiloh — May 15, 2008 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  5. Yet they were still unfree, forced to work, and denied their freedom and humanity. Just because JD didn’t personally whip them or visit at night in the slave quarters doesn’t lessen the status of these men and women, or reflect much better on himself.

    Comment by John Maass — May 21, 2008 @ 6:16 am | Reply

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    Comment by John Maass — June 2, 2008 @ 11:35 am | Reply

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    Comment by Kayleen — April 1, 2010 @ 9:15 pm | Reply

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