A planter's life—835 to 1843.
In 1835 Lieutenant Davis
resigned his commission in the army, intermarried Miss Taylor
, a daughter of Zachary Taylor
, and retired to his Mississippi
estate, where for eight years he spent his time in literary studies and agricultural pursuits—a country gentleman with a full library and broad acres.
Such life as his was that of John Hampden
before the country squire suddenly emerged from obscurity as a debater, a leader of Parliament, and a soldier, to plead and fight and die in the people's cause against a tyrant's and a tax-gatherer's exactions.
Such life as his was that of many of the fathers of the republic; and when Jefferson Davis
entered public life, in 1843, he came—as Washington
, Jefferson, Madison
, and Andrew Jackson
had come before him—from a Southern plantation, where he had been the head of a family and the master of slaves.