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Davis, Varina Howell (07 May 1826–16 October 1906), First Lady of the Confederacy, was born in Louisiana, the daughter of William Howell, a slaveowning planter, and Margaret Kempe. Raised in Mississippi, she obtained an unusually fine education for a white southern woman, attending an elite girls’ academy in Philadelphia and studying at home with a private tutor. By the time she met her future husband, ...