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Francis Preston Blair, Jr
Birth: Feb. 19, 1821
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 8, 1875
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

Senator, Lawyer, Union Major General. In 1842 after graduating from Princeton University and Transylvania University Law School, he entered into his brotherís St Louis, Missouri law practice. He was elected to U. S. Congress in 1856 and re-elected in 1860. After he organized Unconditional Union Political Party in Missouri, he was active in the opposition to Governor Jackson and other southern sympathizers, and with his family's political influence, he was instrumental in holding Missouri for the union. After successfully organizing seven Union regiments, he resigned his Congress post and in a matter of months, was quickly promoted from Colonel, to Brigadier General, to Major General by November of 1862. By the end of his career, he had led both the XV and XVII Corps of Sherman's army in Georgia and the Carolinas. He spent his entire fortune in support of the Union and then reentered Missouri politics after the war ended with limited success. He left the Republican Party and ran in 1868 unsuccessful for Vice President of the United States as a Democrat. In 1871, he was appointed to serve as U.S. Senator from Missouri in an unexpired term; in the fall of 1872, he had a stroke leaving him with right-sided paralysis and unable to write with his right hand; and the next year, he was not re-elected for a full term as Senator. He was the state superintendent of insurance until his death, which from head injuries as the result of a fall. United States President Ulysses Grant wrote in his memoirs about Frank Blair, "There was no man braver than he, nor was there any who obeyed all orders of his superior in rank with more unquestioning alacrity. He was one man as a soldier, another as a politician". (bio by: Connie Nisinger) 
 
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 Parents:
  Francis Preston Blair (1791 - 1876)
  Eliza Violet Gist Blair (1794 - 1877)
 
 Spouse:
  Appoline Alexander Blair (1828 - 1908)*
 
 Children:
  Andrew Alexander Blair (1848 - 1932)*
  Christine Biddle Blair Graham (1852 - 1915)*
  James Lawrence Blair (1854 - 1904)*
  Francis Preston Blair (1856 - 1914)*
  Cary Montgomery Blair (1867 - 1944)*
  Eveline M Blair (1870 - 1876)*
  William Alexander Blair (1873 - 1898)*
 
 Siblings:
  Montgomery Blair (1813 - 1883)*
  Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818 - 1906)*
  James Blair (1819 - 1853)*
  Francis Preston Blair (1821 - 1875)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 13, Lot 298
GPS (lat/lon): 38.69065, -90.23383
 
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Record added: Nov 17, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 18442
Francis Preston Blair, Jr
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Francis Preston Blair, Jr
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
Francis Preston Blair, Jr
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
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A true American Patriot from a descendant of one of your men in the 17th Army Corps.
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