Jefferson Finis Davis (June 3, 1808 - December 6, 1889) was the President of the Confederate States for the entirety of that unrecognized nation's existence (1861-1865). Davis believed that corruption had destroyed the Union, and that the Confederacy had to be pure to survive. A West Point graduate, Davis graduated in 1828, one year ahead of Robert E. Lee. Davis prided himself on military skills gained in the Mexican-American War where he was colonel of a volunteer regiment in the United States Army, and as U.S. Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce. He'd also served as a US Congressman (1845-6) and Senator (1847-51) from the state of Mississippi.
As president, Jefferson Davis was one of the few people who knew that the Rivington Men and their "repeating" rifles were from the year 2014. He and Robert E. Lee shared a number of conversations about the men and their intentions after the repeaters had secured victory for the C.S. Davis insisted that Lee run for the presidency, despite Lee's misgivings. After Lee's election, Davis was present at Lee's inauguration as part his last official duties as president. He survived the Richmond Massacre on March 4, 1868, and became Lee's Secretary of War. In the aftermath of the Richmond Massacre, Davis oversaw the implementation of President Lee's declaration of martial law over several North Carolina counties as the government prepared to move against the Rivington Men's last stronghold.
During Jefferson Davis' administration as the first Confederate President, his country ensured its independence by defeating the United States in the War of Secession. This was despite former soldier and US Secretary of War Davis's constant meddling in the affairs of the Army. In the fall of 1862, when the war was won, he was willing to defer to the generals of his two largest armies, Robert E. Lee and Braxton Bragg, who were personal favorites of his.
In the early 1920s, when inflation was destroying the Confederate economy following the Great War, a portrait of Davis' inauguration decorated the reverse side of the Confederate fifty million dollar bill. Jake Featherston of the Freedom Party considered Davis to have been one of three great past Presidents, along with President Lee and James Longstreet.