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Varina Howell Davis
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First Lady
    (May 7, 1826-October 16, 1905)
    Birth name is Varina Banks Howell
    First Lady of the Confederacy (1861-1865)
    Married Jefferson Davis (February 26, 1845)
    Wrote 'Jefferson Davis: A Memoir By His Wife' (1890)
    Granddaughter of Richard Howell, a governor of New Jersey
    Outlived 5 of her 6 children
    She was the first lady of a government that supported slavery.
    She was a deeply religious woman.
    She was a proponent of the Whig party, but changed to reflect her husband's political views.
    When she married Jefferson Davis, she was 18 and he was 36. She was 18 years younger than her husband, Jefferson Davis.
    She was the first lady of a government that brought Civil War to the United States.
    She was a conversationalist and a yenta.
    She said politics is 'everything which darkens the sunlight and contracts the happy sphere of home.'
    She stood in as first lady when Jane Pierce was too depressed to handled her duties.
    She was home schooled and then attended Madame Greenland's school in Philadelphia.
    She was very charming.
    She petitioned successfully in getting Jefferson Davis released from jail (May 1867).
    She spoke French.
    She played piano.
    After the Civil War, she lived in poverty until the mid 1870's.
    She retired to 'Beauvoir,' their Mississippi estate and then donated it as a home for Confederate veterans.
    She spent her final years in New York City.
    She continued writing magazine articles until her death.
    In 2018, Out of 52 Votes: 51.92% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 37 Votes: 35.14% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 31 Votes: 74.19% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 14 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 30 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 26 Votes: 53.85% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 20 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 16 Votes: 37.50% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 84 Votes: 64.29% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 29 Votes: 41.38% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 64 Votes: 35.94% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 147 Votes: 44.90% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 144 Votes: 52.78% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 103 Votes: 41.75% Annoying
 
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