Date Original



This memorandum gives instructions to have the Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865, to be bound with the name "H.W. Stewart" embossed on the cover.

Biographical/Historical Note

Jeff Davis was born May 6, 1862, to Lewis W. Davis and Elizabeth Phillips Scott near Rocky Comfort in Little River County, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas and Vanderbilt University. He was not awarded a diploma from Vanderbilt, even though he completed his coursework, due to not meeting the residency requirement. Davis was admitted to the bar at the age of nineteen. He finished his law degree at Cumberland University in 1881 and joined his father's law practice. In October 1882, he married Ina MacKenzie; and they had eight children that survived past infancy. She died in 1910, and he remarried a year later to Leila Carter. Davis had a long and controversial career in politics. From 1890-1894 he served as the district prosecuting attorney. During his term as State Attorney General beginning in 1898, he made enemies due to his views on the Kimball State House Act and the Rector Antitrust Act. He was first elected governor in 1900 and served three terms. Elected United States Senator in 1906, Davis suffered a stroke, and died on January 3, 1913, two months before the expiration of his first term.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Tennessee; Washington D.C.





Resource Type



Jeff Davis memo, SMC.007.005


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Jeff Davis memo, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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