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James Gorrall BLAIR


BLAIR, James Gorrall, a Representative from Missouri; born near Blairville, Ky., January 1, 1825; was self-educated, having attended the public schools only three months; moved to Monticello, Lewis County, Mo., in 1840 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected circuit clerk in 1848 and served until 1854; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Canton, Mo., in 1854; delegate to the Republican State convention in 1870; elected as a Liberal Republican to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Monticello, Lewis County, Mo., March 1, 1904; interment in Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Mo.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present