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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Houston, Harris County, Texas

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Jefferson Davis Gold Medal

Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medals
presented by the Chapter

The Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal is awarded through the office of the Historian General to adults for outstanding contributions in furthering the study and preservation of Confederate history through historical research, writing, public speaking and other points of special achievement in keeping with the historical aims and purposes of the UDC.

The award is a medal and it is bestowed with a certificate suitable for framing.

From the History of the United Daughters of the Confederacy 1894-1955 - "Soon after the formation of the UDC, individuals Chapters and Division began offering medals and other prizes to promote and encourage historical research . . . and an official medal was adopted. In the years that followed this medal was used, but not to the extent that it should have been. In 1941 [note: at the Annual General Convention in Los Angeles, CA], the . . . Historian General Mrs. John L. Heiss . . . responded to the appeal of Mrs. Robert P. Sweeney of Atlanta, GA, for a more moderately priced medal by designing a new one. The medal is designed with a Maltese Cross in the center, bearing the UDC monogram, with a circular band of white enamel around the cross on which is etched above it Jefferson Davis’ famous clarion command at Buena Vista [note: Mexican War], Stand Fast, and below it the phrase of no less important meaning to those with Confederate ancestors, Our Heritage."

Confederate ancestry is not a requirement for this award.

UDC members are eligible if their work was outstanding and was also unrelated to the regular work expected of them as a member of the organization.

Work done for another patriotic organization is ant applicable for this award.

Work done for any war other than The War Between the States is not applicable for this award.

Name Date Received
Margaret Edith Renz Goodwin 22 Feb 1992
De Ette DePree Nesbit 22 Feb 1992
Lynna Kay Shuffield 19 Nov 2007
Trevia Wooster Beverly 13 June 2009
Honorable Jerry Patterson
Commissioner, Texas General Land Office
11 June 2011

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Jefferson Davis
Photograph from the Collection of the Library of Congress

Jefferson Davis, (son-in-law of President Zachary Taylor), a Representative and a Senator from Mississippi; born in what is now Fairview, Todd Co., KY on 3 June 1808; moved with his parents to a plantation near Woodville, Wilkinson Co., MS; attended the country schools, St. Thomas College, Washington Co., KY, Jefferson College, Adams Co., MS, Wilkinson County Academy, and Transylvania University, Lexington, KY; graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, in 1828; served in the Black Hawk War in 1832; promoted to the rank of 1st Lieut. in the First Dragoons in 1833, and served until 1835, when he resigned. He moved to his plantation, 'Brierfield,' in Warren Co., MS, and engaged in cotton planting; elected as a Democrat to the 29th Congress and served from 4 Mar 1845 until June 1846, when he resigned to command the 1st Regiment of Mississippi Riflemen in the Mexican War.

He was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jesse Speight; subsequently elected and served from 10 Aug 1847 until 23 Sept 1851, when he resigned. He was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs (Thirtieth through Thirty-second Congresses).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1851; appointed Secretary of War by President Franklin Pierce 1853-1857; again elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate and served from 4 Mar 1857 until 21 Jan 1861, when he withdrew with other secessionist Senators. He served as chairman, Committee on Military Affairs and the Militia (35th and 36th Congresses).

In Jan 1861, he was commissioned Major General of the State militia; chosen President of the Confederacy by the Provisional Congress and inaugurated in Montgomery, AL on 16 Feb 1861; elected President of the Confederacy for a term of 6-years and inaugurated in Richmond, VA on 22 Feb 1862; captured by union troops in Irwinsville, GA on 10 May 1865; imprisoned in Fortress Monroe, indicted for treason, and was paroled in the custody of the court in 1867; returned to Mississippi and spent the remaining years of his life writing.

He died in New Orleans, LA, on 6 Dec 1889; interment in Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA; reinterment on 31 May 1893, in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA.

The legal disabilities placed upon him were removed, and he was posthumously restored to the full rights of citizenship, effective 25 Dec 1868, pursuant to a Joint Resolution of Congress (Public Law 95-466), approved on 17 Oct 1978.

Bibliography: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Davis, Jefferson. The Papers of Jefferson Davis. Edited by Haskell Monroe, James McIntosh, Lynda Lasswell Crist, and Mary Seaton Dix. 10 vols. to date. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1971-; Cooper, William J., Jr. Jefferson Davis, American. New York: Knopf, 2000.

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