President Davis – Today In Southern History

9 February 1861 

On this date in  1861…

Mexican War hero, former Secretary of War, and U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi was elected by the provisional Confederate government as President and Alexander Stephens as Vice-President of the Confederate States of America.

Other Years:

  • 1611 – While leading a Paspahegh war party near Jamestown, Virginia, Chief Wochinchopunck of the Powhatan Confederacy was killed killed by Cpt. William Powell during a fight with English colonists in Virginia
  • 1861 – A vote for Tennessee secession failed.
  • 1926 – Atlanta, Georgia schools forbid the teaching of the Darwin’s theory of evolution.
  • 1960 – The first star was placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring Joanne Woodward of Thomasville, Georgia. 
  • 1989 – New York-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. completed the $25 billion purchase of RJR Nabisco, Inc.

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