Francis P. Blair
(19 February, 1821 --8 July, 1875) Blair was an American lawyer, soldier, and politician. Born in Lexington, Ky., Blair studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in St. Louis. After serving as a private in the Mexican War, Blair was a member of the State house of representatives (1852-1856). Blair was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth Congress and Thirty-sixth Congress and resigned in 1860. Afterwards, Blair was elected to the Thirty-seventh Congress and served from March 4th, 1861, until his resignation in July 1862 to become a colonel in the Union Army. After the war, Blair presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from March 4th, 1863, to June 10th, 1864. Blair was elected for his final term as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Charles D. Drake and served from January 20th, 1871 to March 3rd, 1873.
[Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]
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