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Montgomery Blair
Birth: May 10, 1813
Franklin County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1883
Silver Spring
Montgomery County
Maryland, USA

US Postmaster General. Born in franklin County, Kentucky, he graduated from the West Point in 1835 and after serving as US Army officer in the Seminole War, he left the Army and studied law. He started a law practice in St. Louis, Missouri, served as US District Attorney (1839-43) and as judge of the court of common pleas (1834-49). In 1852, he moved to Maryland, where he practiced Supreme Court law and was a solicitor in the Court of Claims (185558). Blair took an active part in the presidential campaign of Abraham Lincoln and after his election to President, Lincoln appointed him to his cabinet as the 20th US Postmaster General in 1861. As Postmaster General, Blair made such reforms and improvements as the establishment of free city delivery, the adoption of a money order system and the use of railway mail cars were instituted for mail delivery. He resigned his post in September 1864 and served as general superintendent of the US Railway Mail Service, until his death at age 70 in Silver Spring, Maryland. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis Preston Blair (1791 - 1876)
  Eliza Violet Gist Blair (1794 - 1877)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth Woodbury Blair (1821 - 1887)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Blair Comstock (1841 - 1872)*
  Minna Blair Richey (1850 - 1919)*
  Maria G Blair (1851 - 1862)*
  Woodbury Blair (1852 - 1933)*
  Gist Blair (1860 - 1940)*
  Montgomery Blair (1865 - 1944)*
 
 Siblings:
  Montgomery Blair (1813 - 1883)
  Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818 - 1906)*
  James Blair (1819 - 1853)*
  Francis Preston Blair (1821 - 1875)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Rock Creek Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Section 2
 
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Record added: May 17, 1998
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Montgomery Blair, although from a slave-owning family himself, was a lead counsel for Dred Scott, a slave claiming his freedom. They lost. The decision of the US Supreme Court in that case, holding that Blacks "had no rights that a White man is bound to r...(Read more)
- leroymiller1943
 Added: Sep. 4, 2016
Thank you, sir for your public service to our country while serving on President Lincoln's cabinet. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: Jul. 27, 2016

- NDL3
 Added: Mar. 9, 2016
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