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Francis Preston Blair

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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