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Francis Preston Blair

Francis Preston Blair, American senator, congressman. member Missouri House of Representatives, 1852-1856, 70; member United States House of Representatives (as Free-Soiler) from Missouri, 35th-36th congresses, 1857-1860 (resigned), 37th Congress, 1860-1861 (resigned), (as Republican, contested election), 38th Congress, 1863-1864, Chairman of Commission on military defense, 1861; member United States Senate from Missouri, 1871-1873.

Background

  • Blair, Francis Preston was born on February 19, 1821 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. Son of Francis Preston Blair.

  • Education

    • Graduate Princeton, 1841. Postgrad, in law Translyvania U.

    Career

    • Admitted to Kentucky bar, 1843. Served in Mexican War. Member Missouri House of Representatives, 1852-1856, 70.

      Member United States House of Representatives (as Free-Soiler) from Missouri, 35th-36th congresses, 1857-1860 (resigned), 37th Congress, 1860-1861 (resigned), (as Republican, contested election), 38th Congress, 1863-1864, Chairman of Commission on military defense, 1861. Commissioned colonel United States Army, 1861, promoted major general, 1862. Defender Lincoln’s reconstruction plan, 1864.

      Unsuccessful Democratic nominee for vice president United States, 1868. Member United States Senate from Missouri, 1871-1873. Helped secure Horace Greeley’s nomination for president United States, 1872.

      State superintendent life insurance Missouri, 1874. Author: Life and Public Service of General William O. Butler, 1848.

    Works

    • Author: Life and Public Service of General William O. Butler, 1848.

    Membership

    Member Missouri House of Representatives, 1852-1856, 70. Member United States House of Representatives (as Free-Soiler) from Missouri, 35th-36th congresses, 1857-1860 (resigned), 37th Congress, 1860-1861 (resigned), (as Republican, contested election), 38th Congress, 1863-1864, Chairman of Commission on military defense, 1861. Member United States Senate from Missouri, 1871-1873.

    Connections

    • Married Appolene Alexander, September 8, 1847.
    • father: Francis Preston Blair. Blair
    • spouse: Appolene Alexander
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    Born February 19, 1821
    Died July 9, 1875
    (aged 54)
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