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Jefferson Davis (1808 - 1889) bio development

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This space page is intended for a place to propose changes to the profile of Jefferson Finis Davis (abt. 1808 - 1889). Davis is best known as the President of the Confederacy during the United States Civil War.

The page is initially being broken into two parts: suggested changes and changes that have been made. If you have any change suggestions, please feel free to add them under a new sub-section and leave a time stamp (4 ~ marks) so that we know who has suggested what.


Suggested Changes


The profile currently has a Mexican-American War sticker but is lacking a CS sticker. Baty-260 23:08, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Add Blackhawk War sticker. Baty-260 23:28, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Changes Made

Project assignment

I propose that Jefferson Davis be moved to the Civil War Project. Davis is best known for his role in the Civil War and he was the highest ranking leader of one side of that conflict. The Confederate Generals answered to Davis and he was for all intents and puroposes, the Commander in Chief of the Confederate military forces.

The criteria for inclusion in the Civil War project is:

[The] project is dedicated to those individuals who participated in this conflict in whatever capacity, whether a soldier, spy, or even those who supplied either side during the conflict (emphasis added).

Additionally, the project goals state:

Identify profiles of individuals who participated in this conflict.

And the criteria for the use of the project box:

Adding this Project Box based template to a profile identifies it as someone who played a key role in the war... (emphasis added).

As the leader of the Confederacy Davis certainly played a "key roll" in the war.

Baty-260 17:21, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Profile changed to Civil War Project. Baty-260 23:04, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Succession box

The highest office that Davis achieved in his life was the Presidency of the Confederacy. Additionally, this is the role that he is most known for. The office of the Confederate Presidency should be at the top of the succession box. Baty-260 17:21, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

The succession box dates for his Senate service are wrong and the box is missing his service as a Congressman. Baty-260 19:21, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Succession box reordered by heirarchy of office. Baty-260 23:06, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Biography introduction

Before the biography starts with Davis' birth and a chronological list of his life activities, it should have a short one or two paragraph introduction that sums up the biography. In its finished state, the biography may be quite long and a short intruduction gives primary readers a chance to understand who this biography is about and decide if it is the profile that they are looking for and whether or not to read more. Baty-260 17:21, 8 November 2019 (UTC)

Bio intro text

Jefferson Finis Davis (abt. 1808 - 1889) was an American politician who is best known as the President of the Confederacy during the American Civil War (1861-1865). He was born on 3 June 1808 in Fairview, Kentucky to parents Samuel Emory and Jane Simpson (Cook) Davis, the youngest of ten children. He was married first to Sarah Knox Taylor, the daughter of Zachary Taylor, and then to Varina Banks Howell and fathered six children. Davis served as an American military officer and a politician and he was a veteran of both the Blackhawk War and the Mexican-American War. He also served as a United States Congressman, a Senator and as the United States Secretary of War before being elected as the President of the Confederate States of America in 1861. Davis remained the President of the Confederacy throughout the war and was the only person to ever hold that office. After the war he was indicted for treason and impisoned by the United States Government but released without trial after two years. His citizenship was eventually restored by an act of Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978.

Bio entry paragraph added. Baty-260 23:28, 13 November 2019 (UTC)


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Minor changes like typo edits can always be made directly. Bio changes should be entered as a comment to the profile and if no objection then the change made. Or, if a larger edit or new section - it can be added here to suggested changes and after a week or so, if no objection, move it to changes made and add it to the profile. Regarding your email - in my opinion, the profile is still lacking biography text (and sections) for his service in the two wars he fought in and the third that he led.
posted by SJ Baty
SJ, minor changes can go in the profile now?
posted by Ellen Gustafson
SJ, has the Military & War project leader replied to you at all about this, or have you asked the Civil War sub category to take on this profile? I would have thought they would agree.
posted by Ellen Gustafson
Hi SJ!

Since Davis' profile will remain in the example profiles category, I'll be watching what you decide to update. We have to make sure it maintains a balanced view of the history. I am sure you will do that just fine, though. :-) Thanks for taking this on!


posted by Abby (Brown) Glann