Home of President Jefferson Davis ~ Built in 1810

From 1835 to 1845, Davis was a planter in seclusion. He cleared Brierfield Plantation, which was a gift from his brother Joseph, from the rough, sharing the work with his slaves. An omnivorous reader, he concentrated on the study of history, economics, and constitutional law. He became a strong advocate of state sovereignty and was elected to Congress in 1845. In the same year, he was married to Varina Howell, the daughter of a planter. Davis supported the war with Mexico and, when war came, returned to Wilkinson County Mississippi to organize the Mississippi Rifles. Joining General Taylor, with whom he had become reconciled, he won the praise of the General for his gallantry at Monterey and Buena Vista and national fame for his V-formation attack. On his return home, he was elected to the United States Senate. Though still on crutches, he took an active part in its deliberations. Regarding the organization of the Oregon Territory, he consistently denied that there was any power in Congress or in the people of the Territory to interrupt the slave system by denying a slaveholder the right to take his personal property with him. In 1850, he was re-elected to the Senate, but resigned in 1851.

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