On February 9, 1861, after Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate, he was selected to be the provisional President of the Confederate States of America. He was elected without opposition to a six-year term that November. During his presidency, Davis took charge of the Confederate war plans but was unable to find a strategy to stop the larger, more powerful, and better organized Union. His diplomatic efforts failed to gain recognition from any foreign country, and he paid little attention to the collapsing Confederate economy, printing more and more paper money to cover the war's expenses. He supported a well-knit government, but this was opposed by states' rights supporters which led him less able to exercise arbitrary power. He was an able CSA President, but he was unpopular due to his defiance of public opinion. He overworked himself with civil government issues and military operations. He was devoted to the South, and was brilliant in all honesty, but sadly he had awkward social ticks which were not great for his publicity.