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Francis Preston Blair

  • 1791, Apr. 12: Born, Abingdon, Va.
  • 1811: Graduated, Transylvania University,Lexington, Ky.
  • 1812: Volunteer, War of 1812 Married Eliza Violet Howard Gist
  • 1817: Admitted to the Kentucky bar
  • 1818 - 1825 : Contributor, Argus of Western America, Frankfort, Ky.
  • 1830 - 1845 : Washington, D.C. Washington, D. C. District of Columbia Founder and editor, the Washington Globe, Washington, D.C. Member, Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet"
  • 1856: Changed support to the Republican party
  • 1860 - 1865 : Supported and advised Abraham Lincoln
  • 1868: Returned to the Democratic party
  • 1876, Oct. 18: Died, Silver Spring, Md.

Frank P. Blair

  • 1821, Feb. 19: Born, Lexington, Ky., son of Francis Preston Blair
  • 1841: Graduated, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1842 - 1843 : Studied law, Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.
  • 1843: Kentucky Kentucky Admitted to the Kentucky bar Served in Mexican War
  • 1847: Married Apolline Alexander
  • 1852 - 1856 : Member, Missouri House of Representatives
  • 1857 - 1864 : Member, United States House of Representatives
  • 1861: Lieutenant colonel, United States Army
  • 1862: Major general, United States Army
  • 1868: Democratic party nominee for United States vice president
  • 1871 - 1873 : Member, United States Senate
  • 1874: Appointed Missouri superintendent of life insurance
  • 1875, July 9: Died, St. Louis, Mo.

Montgomery Blair

  • 1813, May 10: Born, Franklin County, Ky., son of Francis Preston Blair
  • 1835: Graduated, United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. Lieutenant, United States Army, serving in Seminole Indian War
  • 1836: Lexington, Ky. Lexington Studied law, Transylvania University,Lexington, Ky. Married Caroline Buckner (died 1844)
  • 1837: Moved to St. Louis, Mo., admitted to the bar and practiced law
  • 1839 - 1841 : Appointed United States district attorney for the State of Missouri
  • 1842 - 1843 : Mayor, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1843 - 1849 : Judge, Court of Common Pleas, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1844 - 1852 : Delegate, Democratic National conventions
  • 1846: Married Mary Elizabeth Woodbury
  • 1853: Moved to Maryland
  • 1855: Solicitor, United States Court of Claims Counsel for Dred Scott
  • 1860: President, State Republican Convention,Baltimore, Md.
  • 1861 - 1864 : United States postmaster general
  • 1876: Electoral Committee counsel for Samuel J. Tilden
  • 1878: Member, Maryland House of Delegates
  • 1882: Unsuccessful candidate for United States Congress
  • 1883, July 27: Died, Silver Spring, Md.

Gist Blair

  • 1860, Sept. 10: Born, Washington, D.C., son of Montgomery Blair
  • 1880: Graduated, Princeton University,Princeton, N.J.
  • 1880s - 1896 : Practiced law, St. Louis, Mo.
  • 1897: Moved to Washington, D.C.; practiced law
  • 1912: Married Laura Lawson
  • 1940, Dec. 16: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Blair Family Papers, 1755-1968, (bulk 1829-1892), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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correspondedWith Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867 person
correspondedWith Barnard, J. G. (John Gross), 1815-1882 person
correspondedWith Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858 person
correspondedWith Bernays, Charles S. person
associatedWith Blair, Francis Preston, 1791-1876 person
associatedWith Blair, Frank P. (Frank Preston), 1821-1875 person
associatedWith Blair, Gist, 1860-1940 person
correspondedWith Blair, Mary Elizabeth Woodbury person
associatedWith Blair, Montgomery, 1813-1883 person
associatedWith Blair, Woodbury. Woodbury Blair papers. person
correspondedWith Bradford, Augustus W. (Augustus Williamson), 1806-1881 person
correspondedWith Buchanan, James, 1791-1868 person
correspondedWith Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893 person
correspondedWith Butler, William Orlando, 1791-1880 person
correspondedWith Carroll, Charles, 1737-1832 person
correspondedWith Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866 person
correspondedWith Chaffee, Calvin Clifford, 1811-1896 person
associatedWith Clapp, Charles Q., 1799-1868 person
correspondedWith Clay, Cassius Marcellus, 1810-1903 person
correspondedWith Clay, Henry, 1777-1852 person
correspondedWith Cowles, Edwin, 1825-1890 person
correspondedWith Crittenden, John J. (John Jordan), 1787-1863 person
correspondedWith Curtis, George Ticknor, 1812-1894 person
associatedWith Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889 person
correspondedWith Davis, Varina, 1826-1906 person
correspondedWith Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903 person
correspondedWith Dix, John A. (John Adams), 1798-1879 person
correspondedWith Donelson, Andrew Jackson, 1799-1871 person
correspondedWith Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861 person
correspondedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865 person
correspondedWith Field, Roswell M. (Roswell Martin), 1807-1869 person
correspondedWith Fox, Gustavus Vasa, 1821-1883 person
correspondedWith Fox, Virginia L. Woodbury person
correspondedWith Frémont, Jessie Benton, 1824-1902 person
correspondedWith Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890 person
correspondedWith Gratz family family
correspondedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872 person
correspondedWith Haywood, William H. (William Henry), 1801-1852 person
correspondedWith Hicks, Thomas Holliday, 1798-1865 person
correspondedWith Ingersoll, Charles Jared, 1782-1862 person
correspondedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 person
correspondedWith Johnson, Reverdy, 1796-1876 person
correspondedWith Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869 person
correspondedWith Lee, Elizabeth Blair person
associatedWith Lee, Samuel Phillips, 1812-1897 person
correspondedWith Lewis, William Berkeley, 1784-1866 person
correspondedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 person
correspondedWith Livingston, Edward, 1764-1836 person
correspondedWith Parker, Theodore, 1810-1860 person
correspondedWith Parton, James, 1822-1891 person
correspondedWith Porter, Fitz-John, 1822-1901 person
correspondedWith Pratt, Thomas George, 1804-1869 person
correspondedWith Purnell, William Henry, 1826-1902 person
correspondedWith Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912 person
correspondedWith Richey, Minna Blair, 1850-1919 person
correspondedWith Ritchie, Thomas, 1778-1854 person
associatedWith Sanford, John F. A., 1806 or 1807-1857 person
associatedWith Scott, Dred, 1809-1858 person
correspondedWith Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866 person
correspondedWith Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891 person
associatedWith Smith, William E. (William Ernest), 1892- person
correspondedWith Stevenson, Andrew, 1784-1857 person
associatedWith Stevens, Samuel, 1778-1860 person
correspondedWith Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864 person
correspondedWith Thomas, Philip F. (Philip Francis), 1810-1890 person
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Postmaster General. corporateBody
correspondedWith Van Buren, John, 1810-1866 person
correspondedWith Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862 person
correspondedWith Ward, Henry Dana, 1797-1884 person
correspondedWith Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878 person
correspondedWith Wells, R. W. (Robert William), 1795-1864 person
associatedWith Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851 person
correspondedWith Wright, Silas, 1795-1847 person
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Saint Louis (Mo.)
United States
Missouri
Southern States
Washington (D.C.)
Maryland
Virginia
Richmond (Va.)
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American newspapers--Washington (D.C.)
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