Jefferson Davis

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Jefferson Davis - Jefferson Davis was a two-term senator from Mississippi who resigned  his seat in the face of the impending southern secession. Mere weeks later, in 1861, he  was named President of the Confederate States of America, a position he held  throughout the Civil War. Reluctant to give up his post in the aftermath of the  Confederate surrender at Appomattox, Davis was treated leniently during  Reconstruction, and lived to the ripe old age of eighty- one.  Stephen Douglas - Stephen Douglas was a senator from Illinois who rose quickly up the  ranks of the Democratic Party. He proposed the controversial Kansas-Nebraska Act of  1854 and defended his doctrine of popular sovereignty in a series of debates with  Abraham Lincoln in 1858. Although he defeated Lincoln in the Senate race, he later lost  the presidential election to Lincoln in 1860. Undeterred from fighting for what he 
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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