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Jeff Davis County Historical Markers

Jeff Davis County


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Jeff Davis County
  • Location: Jeff Davis County Courthouse, Hazlehurst

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY

This County created by Act of the Legislature

Aug. 18, 1905, is named for Jefferson Davis,

President of the Confederacy. Born in Kentucky,

Davis later moved to Mississippi. He was

educated at Transylvania U. and West Point

serving 7 years in the army partly under

Gen. Zachary Taylor. Elected to Congress in ‘45,

he again fought under Taylor at Monterey.

He was appointed to the Senate in ‘47 & was

Secretary of War under Pierce in ‘52. Elected

President of the Confederacy in Sept. ‘61 he

was captured by the Union Army at Irwinville,

Ga. May 10, ‘65. He died in New Orleans

Dec. 6, 1889

080-1 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1954