Party affiliation: Wing Party
Varina Banks Howell Davis was the second wife of the politician Jefferson Davis, who became president of the Confederate States of America. She served as the First Lady of the new nation at the capital in Richmond, Virginia, although she was ambivalent about the war. Smart and educated, with family in both the North and South, she had unconventional views for her public role, although she supported slavery and states' rights.
- Varina was sent to Madame Greenland's School, a prestigious academy for young ladies in Philadelphia. Varina returned to Natchez after one year, probably due to the family's inability to afford further tuition, and was privately tutored by Judge George Winchester, a Harvard graduate and family friend.
father: Wiiliam Burr Howell
child: Varina Anne - United States
Husband: Jefferson Davis
Born May 7, 1826
Died October 16, 1906