ORIGINAL Jefferson Davis Capitol Statue Photo

Original Jefferson Davis Capitol Statue Photo.

PRESENTING a UNIQUE and ORIGINAL piece of AMERICAN HISTORY……..an ORIGINAL photograph of the unveiling of the Jefferson Davis Statue in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. with Jefferson Davis’s Great Grand-daughter … we are confident is Margaret Josephine Young (1912 – 1979), in the frame (clearly with the honor of carrying out the unveiling as she is holding the cord) as part of the unveiling ceremony in 1931.


The photo has a notation on the rear of it that reads:

“Jefferson Davis’ Great Grand-daughter with white dress and white cap on – at unveiling of Davis’ monument in Washington – I sent a picture like this to Davis’ grandson in Denver, Colorado – and he replied freely!”

The frame backing also has a notation that reads:

“Marjori Smith and Mother”. WE are confident that these were the original recipients and owners of the photo as we also have in the Collection a Historic Early Print of Jefferson Davis by Enoch Wood Perry, signed by his grandson Jefferson Hayes Davis and sent to a ‘Mrs. A.G. Smith’ in Belton, Texas in 1935. This photo was also framed in Belton, Texas.

Check out this PDF from Architect of the Capitol: davis_2011

Jefferson davis, born june 3, 1808, in Christian
(now Todd) County, Kentucky, was raised on
his family’s small plantation near Woodville,
Mississippi. Th rough the generosity of his
older brother Joseph, he studied at St. Th omas
College, Washington County, Kentucky, and at
Transylvania University before graduating from
the United States Military Academy in 1828. He
served in the Army until 1835, when he became a
He was elected to the U.S. House of
Representatives in 1845 but resigned the following
year to command the “Mississippi Rifl es” in the
Mexican War. From 1847 to 1851 he served as a
U.S. senator. As secretary of war for President
Franklin Pierce (1853–1857) he strengthened
the Army and coast defenses, directed railroad
surveys, and supervised the enlarging of the U.S.
Capitol and the construction of a water viaduct
in Washington, D.C. He re-entered the Senate in
1857 and was a recognized as a spokesman for the
South. When Mississippi seceded, Davis resigned
and accepted command of Mississippi’s military
forces. Hoping to be appointed commander of all
southern armies, he found himself instead elected
president of the Confederate States. When the
Confederacy surrendered, Davis was captured
and imprisoned in Fort Monroe for two years,
indicted for treason (but never brought to trial),
and fi nally released on bond in 1867.
After travel abroad and a few unsuccessful
business ventures, he made his home at “Beauvior,”
near Biloxi, Mississippi, and wrote Rise and Fall
of the Confederated States. Jeff erson Davis died in
New Orleans on December 6, 1889.

Link: https://www.aoc.gov/art/national-statuary-hall-collection/jefferson-davis



Original Jefferson Davis Capitol Statue Photo.

Provenance: From a Private Dallas Collection

Dimensions: 11.5″ x  9.25″ in frame

Condition: In SUPERB ORIGINAL CONDITION …. one small tear on the middle left of the photo but otherwise perfect and in ORIGINAL frame with notation on rear of photo and backing.

Price Now: $ 2,499

Jefferson Davis Capitol Statue

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