23- Secretary of War Jefferson Davis


The Jefferson Davis mug is part of a biographical series profiling individuals who served as the U.S. Secretary of War.  An image of Jefferson Davis and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Jefferson Davis, served in the Black Hawk War under the command of Zachary Taylor, whose daughter he later married.  He left the Army, started a plantation in Mississippi and began a political career before he returned to serve as a colonel in the U.S. Army in the Mexican-American War.  As Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce, Jefferson Davis built up the Army and suggested routes for the transcontinental railroad.  Due to his strong military credentials, he was elected president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.  He was a less effective war leader than Lincoln. After the war, he was stripped of his citizenship. In 1978, the Senate posthumously restored his citizenship, Jimmy Carter referred to this as the last act of reconciliation in the Civil War.

The first two Secretaries of War were appointed between 1781 and 1789 to serve the Congress of the Confederation. The position became part of the President’s Cabinet starting with the administration of George Washington.  Washington created four cabinet positions to provide him with a source of key advisors, in the form of Attorney General, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of State and Secretary of War.  Current presidential cabinets are made up of sixteen officers.  Cabinet members are chosen by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

This Jefferson Davis History Mug is part of our Secretary of War series which includes the many unique individuals who served as U.S. Secretary of War.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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