James G. Blair

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James Gorrall Blair (January 1, 1825 – March 1, 1904) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Born near Blairville, Kentucky, Blair was self-educated, having attended the public schools only three months. He moved to Monticello, Missouri, in 1840 and engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Blair was elected circuit clerk in 1848 and served until 1854. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Canton, Missouri, in 1854. He served as delegate to the Republican State convention in 1870.

Blair was elected as a Liberal Republican to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871 – March 4, 1873). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1872. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died in Monticello, Missouri, March 1, 1904. He was interred in Forest Grove Cemetery, Canton, Missouri.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John F. Benjamin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abram Comingo