The Birthday of Jefferson Davis. Legal Holiday in Florida Today

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    Jefferson Davis is a towering figure in United States history.  Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. Distinguished Service as a United States Army Colonel in the Mexican-American War.  Governor of the State of Mississippi.  United States Senator. Committee member for the creation of the Smithsonian Institution.  Overseer of the expansion of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.  Involved in the Gadsden Purchase, to acquire the land for the Transcontinental Railroad that would traverse The United States. 

     But the greatest achievement of Jefferson Finis Davis, that which cemented his place in American history, particularly in the South, was his service as the President of the Confederate States of America.


President Jefferson Davis



    June 3 is the birthday of Jefferson Finis Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.  This day is a legal holiday in the State of Florida.  Today, we Floridians honor this great man, who was President over the sovereign nation of our great-grandfathers.



Florida Statutes Legal Holidays Jefferson Davis 


     Jefferson Davis was a great American.  Prior to the War Between the States, Jeff Davis served as a U.S. Representative, and then United States Senator, from the State of Mississippi. 

     He was a Colonel in the United States Army during the Mexican-American War. He fought valiantly and distinguished himself at the Battle of Monterrey. 

     Jefferson Davis was appointed to the office of Secretary of War in 1853 by U.S. President Franklin Pierce


     Jefferson Davis is the architect of the United States Capitol building.     

     Jeff Davis was instrumental in the Gadsden Purchase, primarily because it would aid in establishing a Transcontinental Railroad.  

     When the Scotsman James Smithson gave $508,000 to the United States for the "establishment of a Smithsonian Institution, for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men", Congressman Jefferson Davis played a fundamental role in the creation of the Smithsonian Institution. 


President Jefferson Davis Portrait



     The Smithsonian Institute says of Jefferson Davis, in regard to his place in the Confederate States of America:

     "The man and the hour have met,' announced the Alabama fire-eater William L. Yancey, when Jefferson Davis was inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America.  Davis was a reluctant secessionist, hoping that the South would remain loyal to the Union.  But when the secession movement gained momentum in early 1861, he dedicated himself to the cause of independence.

     "Davis brought more experience to his presidency than Abraham Lincoln did to his.  A graduate of West Point, he fought honorably in the Mexican War and had been nominated for brigadier general; he had served as a United States senator and later as governor of Mississippi; and he had been an able secretary of war under Franklin Pierce.  As President of the South’s hastily formed government, he faced the twin difficulties of repelling invading Northern armies and appeasing Southern states’ rights advocates who challenged his efforts to build a unified Confederate nation."


Flag at Headquarters of General Lee


      In his memoir, "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government", Jeff Davis said that each state was sovereign and had an unquestionable right to secede from the Union. 

     However, Jefferson Davis counseled delay among his fellow Southerners, because he did not think that Abraham Lincoln would permit the peaceable exercise of the right to secession. 

     Having served as Secretary of War under President Pierce, Jefferson Davis knew that the South lacked the military and naval resources necessary for a prolonged war against Abraham Lincoln and the Federal Government of the United States.



Stone Mountain


President Jefferson Davis, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson

Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia



Regarding the closure of the Civil War:


  •       The Confederate States of America NEVER SURRENDERED. President Davis and his Cabinet members dissolved the Government of the CSA in Washington, Georgia on May 5, 1865.  

  •      President Davis was NEVER TRIED FOR TREASON against the United States, based upon the advice of Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase.

  •      The CIVIL RIGHTS of Jefferson Finis Davis were RESTORED by President James Carter in the year 1978.




There are countless Memorials in America dedicated to Jefferson Davis.  


        An entire mountain range in west Texas is named for Jefferson Davis.

     The largest bas-relief sculpture in the world, on Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia depicts President Davis, along with Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.

     On Monument Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia, the statue and memorial of President Jefferson Davis is in line with statues of General Robert E. Lee, General Stonewall Jackson, and General J.E.B. Stuart.


Jefferson Davis Statue Monument Boulevard



     Today we honor a great American.  A Veteran of the United States Military.  A visionary, a planner, a leader, a Congressman, a Senator, a governor, a cabinet member serving under a United States President.   

     And we Southerners especially remember President Jefferson Finis Davis for leading the sovereign nation of our grandfathers, the Confederate States of America.




CSA President Jefferson Davis


President Jefferson Finis Davis 

June 3, 1808 - December 6, 1889




     The author of this article is very much aware of the Political Correctness that is attempting to destroy and re-write American history.   But no amount of indoctrination, book-burning, or destruction of statues and monuments will ever change the important role in American history that was performed by Jefferson Davis.


Posted by

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    







Tallahassee Florida Metropolitan Area    


Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.


Comments (13)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Happy Birthday to Jefferson Davis.  It may be a holiday, however, we have a conference call with our Florida clients on the schedule today.  Wishing you a wonderful day. A

Jun 03, 2020 07:01 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

  re: comment #1   Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

     The birthday of Jeff Davis is a statutory legal holiday in Florida, but the majority of Florida businesses, and Florida Government offices, will remain open today.  Florida has over 20 "legal holidays" (see the list above in the blog post).  Most, including today, are observances and remembrances.  

Jun 03, 2020 07:07 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you for an excellent highlight of the life of Jefferson Davis. I knew very little about him Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate and this shows him as the patriot that he was.

Jun 03, 2020 07:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Fred - my knowledge of Jefferson Davis doesn't extend far so thanks for filling in some of those many blanks.  

Jun 03, 2020 07:16 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Fred is Jefferson Davis's birthday celebrated in any other state besides Florida?

Jun 03, 2020 10:53 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

comment #5  George Souto 

   Jefferson Davis's birthday in Alabama - offices and schools close.

  Jefferson Davis's birthday is also observed in Georgia and Kentucky.

Jun 03, 2020 12:20 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comment on my recent post.

Have a very special weekend.

Jun 13, 2020 07:57 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Pretty soon it will be outlawed just like all conservative points of views, just saying....

Dec 14, 2020 11:20 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Quite a period of American history. Just listed a home built in 1865 which made me think about the country during that period Fred! Thank you for the history lesson and to know of a well known birthday!

Apr 13, 2021 03:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Fred miss your posts any reason you stopped? Inquiring minds want to know, Endre

May 04, 2021 10:26 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Fred, thanks for commenting today, and nice to see your smiling face, miss you!   

May 16, 2021 01:07 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Just read this post and it is filled with real American history. I have been to Stone Mountain many times and now know who is up on the impressive rock face. Thank you for that Fred, much appreciated!

Jun 21, 2021 07:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Have a productive autumn.

Oct 10, 2021 06:41 AM