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MG Francis Preston Blair, Jr

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MG Francis Preston Blair, Jr

Senator, Lawyer, Union Major General. In 1842 after graduating from Princeton University and Transylvania University Law School, he entered into his brother’s 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".

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for MG Francis Preston Blair, Jr (19 Feb 1821–8 Jul 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18442, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .