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MAJOR GENERAL FRANCIS P. BLAIR JR. - SIGNATURE(S) 07/20/1869 - HFSID 13717

 
FRANCIS P. BLAIR, JR
A signature from the Major General dated for 1869
Signature: "Frank P. Blair/St Louis/Mo/July 26, 69", 5x2¾ card. 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. Ink transfer. Fine condition.


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MAJOR GENERAL FRANCIS P. BLAIR JR.
Born: February 19, 1821 in Lexington, Kentucky
Died: July 8, 1875 in St. Louis, Missouri





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