Anne Elizabeth Britton Davis

A long-sleeved red dress with a V-neck and tight bodice shown from the waist up.

Anne Elizabeth Britton was born at an army post in Arkansas in 1838. When the Mexican War ended, Anne's father moved the family to Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1859, Anne Elizabeth Britton married a lawyer from Brownsville, Texas, named Edmund J. Davis who served as the District Judge for the lower Rio Grande Valley.

  • Edmund J. Davis was removed from office because he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. Because his refusal was considered treason, he was forced to leave Texas. The family moved to New Orleans, where they stayed until the war ended. 
  • 1870 - Edmund J. Davis became the controversial Governor of the State of Texas. 
  • Anne Elizabeth Britton Davis was said to be the best horsewoman of her day in Texas.

There is no record of an inaugural gown. The one representing Anne Elizabeth Britton Davis was presented to the collection by her granddaughter, Mrs. Charles Kellogg of New York City. The dress is made of dark red starched marquisette over a turkey red cambric lining with a long, full, bell-shaped skirt, V-neck and tight bodice with elaborate sleeves.

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