On paper Jefferson Davis looked like the perfect man to lead the Confederate States. He had more political experience than Lincoln and more military experience than Lee or Grant. He had a great character and even this enemies would not challenge his reputation. In the end this tenure was a failure. In many ways he was a poor administrator and refused to delegate because he thought he knew better. Ultimately, however, he was put in an impossible position of having to run a new nation built on states’ rights while needing to increase the power of the federal government in order to fight a war.