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Abraham Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln Uses Montgomery Blair, His Postmaster General, as a Conduit to Blair's Brother Frank, Who at Lincoln's Request Was Resigning His Military Commission to Take a Seat in Congress Frank supported Lincoln's policies, and the hope was he would help organize the House, and perhaps even become Speaker Frank supported Lincoln's policies, and the hope was he would help organize the House, and perhaps even become Speaker
02/01/1864. In the Civil War era the Blairs were one of the most influential families in Washington. Francis Preston Blair, Sr. had been from 1831 to 1845 Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Globe, which served as the primary propaganda instrument for the Democratic Party. Blair was also a key advisor to President Andrew Jackson, and in Jackson's informal Kitchen Cabinet. But in the 1840s Blair, though a slaveholder, came to oppose the extension of slavery, and left the Democratic Party over the Kansas-Nebraska Bill. He was a force in helping form the Republican Party in 1854. Blair supported Abraham Lincoln for President in 1860, and served as an advisor to Lincoln during the Civil War. His son Montgomery was Lincoln's Postmaster General, at a time when that was an influential Cabinet post, and his other son Francis, Jr. (Frank) was a Congressman and general in the Union Army. Montgomery Blair was the most conservative Republican in Lincoln's cabinet, and the Blairs, whose family owned slaves, represented the conservative wing of the Republican Party on emancipation. Frank Blair was the party's "chief theoretician" for colonization of former slaves, and the "best, most passionate, and most industrious proponent of a plan of gradual emancipation," according to historian Allan Nevins. The Blairs were at loggerheads with the Radical Republicans like Sumner who were actively gunning for Montgomery's ouster, and also for marginalizing Francis Sr. and Jr.In early April 1862, Congress, with Frank in the House of Representatives (and with his support), voted for compensated emancip … [Click Below for Full Description]
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