White House Wednesday | Crib Notes

By Robert Hancock
Senior Curator & Director of Collections

The crib at the foot of the bed in the master bedchamber reminds us just how young a family lived in the house during the war. While Jefferson Davis was 53 years old when he moved into the executive mansion, his wife, Varina, was eighteen years his junior and their oldest child at the time was only 6 years old. The couple had a total of six children and their last two children, William and Varina Anne, were both born in the house during the war.

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