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Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) to Alfred Edmund Burr

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02925.08 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Letter signed Date: 9 April 1860 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20 x 25.6 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02925.08 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Letter signed Date: 9 April 1860 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20 x 25.6 cm.

Summary of Content: Davis, a United States Senator from Mississippi, declines an invitation from Burr, Chairman of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, to attend a canvass preceding the 1860 presidential election. Writes "Although the state of my health & that of my family would not have allowed…I am sure I would have been much pleased with a visit to your state…My public duties however so completely engross my time as to leave me no opportunity for such enjoyments during the Session of Congress ...". Davis served as a U.S. congressman (1845-1846) and senator (1847-1851, 1857-1861) and as Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce (1853-1857). He was president of the Confederacy from 1861-1865.

Background Information: Burr founded The Hartford Times, a Connecticut newspaper. Davis served as Representative 1845-1846, Senator 1847-1860, and as President of the Confederacy 1861-1865.

People: Burr, Alfred Edmund, 1815-1900
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Democratic PartyElectionPresidentGovernment and CivicsPoliticsHealth and MedicalCongress

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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