FRANCIS P. BLAIR, JR.
The Major General and Vice President nominee signs and dates his name
for April 23, 1860. Shortly after this, Blair was seated to and subsequently
resigned from the House of Representatives
Autograph sentiment signed: "Respectfully/Ralph P. Blair,
Jr./[illegible]April 23. 60", 4½x1¾. Francis P. Blair, Jr.
(1821-1875) played a key role in organizing loyal militia in Missouri, thus
playing a vital role in keeping that state in the Union. Having raised seven
regiments of volunteers, he was made a Brigadier General in August and a Major
General in November of that year. Blair's was no mere paper commission. While
continuing to occupy intermittently a seat in Congress, he commanded an army
division under General Grant at Vicksburg (1863) and a corps under Sherman in
the Georgia campaign of 1864-1865, winning the praise of both of the Union's
greatest generals. Meanwhile, however, Frank Jr., the most hot-tempered of
the always quarrelsome Blairs, complicated President Lincoln's life by openly
criticizing other members of the Cabinet, especially Treasury Secretary
Salmon Chase. After Lincoln's assassination, Blair, who had spent all of his
personal fortune to support the war effort but who favored a gradual approach to
emancipation, and readmission of the southern states under lenient conditions,
rejoined the Democratic Party. In 1868, he was the Democratic nominee for
Vice President, running unsuccessfully with Horatio Seymour against his
former commander, Ulysses S. Grant. Blair is one of two Missourians enshrined
in the Hall of Statuary of the U.S. Capitol. Fold in center. Lightly toned.
Light surface creases. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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