Montgomery Blair

(1813-1883)

 

Montgomery Blair was born in Franklin City, Kentucky, in 1813.His father, Francis Blair Sr., was one of President Andrew Jacksonís close political advisors.

 

Montgomery Blair graduated from West Point and served briefly in the Seminole War in Florida.Resigning from the army, he attended law school at Transylvania College in Lexington and then moved into law practice and served in public office in Missouri and Maryland.His views on slavery led him from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, and he argued the case for Dred Scottís freedom before the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Montgomery Blair was a delegate to the Chicago convention where Abraham Lincoln was nominated for president in 1860.Blair was made postmaster general of the United States in Lincolnís first cabinet.He became known as a strong pro-Lincoln man during his service in the presidentís administration.Blair was maneuvered out of the Lincoln cabinet by the Radical Republicans after President Lincolnís death, but he supported Andrew Johnsonís moderate policy toward the South.

 

 

The Honorable Montgomery Blair, postmaster general in Lincolnís cabinet.

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