Jefferson Davis (1808-89) Signed Slip, "Truly yours, Jefferson Davis", large bold ink inscription and signature, 5 x 2, by the American politician who served as the president of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. As a member of the Democratic Party, he represented Mississippi in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives before the American Civil War. He was a West Pointer, commanded the First Regiment of Mississippi Riflemen in the Mexican War (1846-1847). He later served as Secretary of War under President Pierce (1853-1857). Davis, a reluctant convert to secession nevertheless dedicated the rest of his life to the Confederate cause, refusing to countenance surrender until his capture by federal troops and devoting the rest of his life to justifying "the lost cause." Comes with a 5.5 x 9 vintage engraved photo. Both items are in fine condition, with a couple of minor creases and foxing spots on lower right.