Today, 3 June 2008, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis. The Museum of the Confederacy is celebrating, not just commemorating, Davis's birth:
"Many only know Davis as the political leader of the South during the Civil War. His commission to West Point by President Andrew Jackson, his tenure with the U.S. Army, and his time spent in the U.S. politics all contribute to the depth of Davis’s life and patriotic career. To celebrate the Davis bicentennial, the Museum of the Confederacy has designed our programs and events in 2008 around his interests, his family and the different roles that he represented as a husband, a father, Commander in Chief, a southerner and an American." (My emphasis.)
Davis was born in Kentucky the youngest of ten children. Educated at West Point, Davis served in the U.S. Military, fought in the Mexican War, was a U.S. Congressman and Senator from Mississippi, and served as Secretary of War for President Franklin Pierce. On 9 February 1861, Davis was elected president of the Confederate States of America. He served as President until the end of the war in 1865. After Lee's surrender, Davis was imprisoned for two years at Fort Monroe in Virginia. He was unrepentant regarding the South's cause to the day he died in 1889 in New Orleans. His body was moved to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond in 1893.