Blair, Francis P.

Blair, Francis P.

▪ American politician and journalist
in full  Francis Preston Blair  
born April 12, 1791, Abingdon, Va., U.S.
died Oct. 18, 1876, Silver Spring, Md.

      journalist and longtime Democratic politician who helped form the Republican Party in the 1850s in an effort to stem the expansion of slavery.

      A loyal supporter of the Democratic leader Andrew Jackson, Blair established in 1830 the Washington Globe, a party organ, and also published the Congressional Globe. He was a political journalist of the first rank, a skillful party organizer, and a member of the “Kitchen Cabinet” during Jackson's presidency (1829–37). Although himself a slaveholder, as an expansionist he opposed the extension of slavery and in 1848 supported the Free-Soil presidential candidate, Martin Van Buren. One of the founders of the Republican Party, he assisted materially in Abraham Lincoln's nomination in 1860 and became an influential adviser in Lincoln's administration. The president approved Blair's unofficial and unsuccessful mission to negotiate peace at a conference at Hampton Roads, Va., in February 1865. After the war Blair supported President Andrew Johnson's Reconstruction measures, opposed the Radical Republicans, and rejoined the Democratic Party.

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