Jefferson Davis Biography

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I have been assigned to write a brief biography on Joseph Smith, George Armstrong Custer, Jefferson Davis, Dorothea Dix and Abner Doubleday. The first person I have been assigned was Joseph Smith. He was born in Sharon Vermont on December 23, 1805. As a child Joseph grew up on farms throughout Vermont, New York and New Hampshire and was deprived of a formal education. However his mother had tried to teach him the basics of reading writing and arithmetic but Joseph was always more interested in meditation and deep study. In 1820 at the age of fourteen Joseph wanted to know which religion he should join. He encountered a passage in the Bible instructing any who lacked wisdom to "ask of God" (James 1:5). So he then headed to the woods to ask…show more content…
Jefferson Davis was born June 3, 1808, in Kentucky. Jefferson Davis received his academic education in early boyhood at home, and was then sent to Transylvania University in Kentucky, where he remained until 1824, the sixteenth year of his age. During that year he was appointed by President Monroe to West Point military academy as a cadet. He was graduated June, 1828, at twenty years of age. His sudden and surprising resignation occurred June 30, 1835, with an immediate entrance upon the duties of civil life. Mr. Davis now became a cotton planter in Warren county at the age of twenty-seven. His first appearance in political strife on a general field was in the gubernatorial canvass of 1843. He was sent as a delegate to the Democratic convention of that year and made such impressions by his speeches as to cause a demand for his services on the hustings. He took a stand for a strict constitution, protection of States from Federal encroachment. and advocated the annexation of TexasThe reputation which he made during this year as a statesman of the State rights school bore him into the Congress of the United States as the representative of Mississippi from his congressional district. One of his earliest efforts in Congress was to convert certain forts into schools of instruction for the military of the States. he was elected colonel of the First Mississippi regiment of riflemen. His decision to re-enter military life was quickly carried into…show more content…
Born on April 4, 1802. The Dix family was very poor, and Dorothea was often sent to Boston to live with her grandparents. At age 14, Dix took a job as a teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts. At age19, Dix founded a school for young ladies in Boston. Unfortunately, Dix suffered from tuberculosis, and by 1827, her health become perilous. She was forced to stop teaching, and spent a good deal of time during her recuperation writing. She had a number of works published, including a science textbook called Conversations on Common Things (1824); Ten Short Stories for Children (1827); Meditations for Private Hours (1828); The Garlandof Flora (1829); and The Pearl or Affection's Gift: A Christmas and New Year's Present
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