Austin Blair

Austin Blair

Birth
Caroline, Tompkins County, New York, USA
Death 6 Aug 1894 (aged 76)
Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Burial Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 6248000 · View Source
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Michigan Governor, U.S. Congressman. Graduating from Union College New York, in 1837, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1841. Moving to Michigan, he commenced the practice of law in 1842, was Eaton County Clerk and elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1845. He was prosecuting attorney of Jackson County in 1852, served in the Michigan State Senate in 1854 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860. In 1861, he was elected as a Republican the 13th Governor of Michigan, serving until 1865. While in office, he was personally credited for raising more than 90,000 Michigan troops with equipment for the Union during the Civil War. After his term, he was elected as a Republican to the Fortieth, Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses, serving (1867-73). Not a candidate for re-nomination, he resumed the practice of law and was on the board of regents for the University of Michigan, (1881-89).

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 6248000
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Austin Blair (8 Feb 1818–6 Aug 1894), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6248000, citing Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .