Jacob B. Blair

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Jacob B. Blair
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United States Ambassador to Costa Rica
In office
October 6, 1868 – June 30, 1873
President Andrew Johnson
Preceded by Albert G. Lawrence
Succeeded by George Williamson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st district
In office
December 17, 1863 – March 4, 1865
Preceded by None (District created)
Succeeded by Chester D. Hubbard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 11th district
In office
December 2, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded by John S. Carlile
Succeeded by Leslie L. Byrne (District re-created: January 3, 1993)
Personal details
Born Jacob Beeson Blair
(1821-04-11)April 11, 1821
Parkersburg Virginia (now West Virginia)
Died February 12, 1901(1901-02-12) (aged 79)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Resting place Mt. Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City, Utah
40°45′18″N 111°51′00″W / 40.755°N 111.850°W / 40.755; -111.850
Nationality American
Political party Unconditional Unionist

Jacob Beeson Blair (April 11, 1821 – February 12, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia and from West Virginia.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (then Virginia), Blair studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844. He was a lawyer in private practice and served as prosecuting attorney, Ritchie County, West Virginia (then Virginia as well).

Blair was elected as a Unionist from Virginia to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative John S. Carlile. Blair served in this capacity from December 2, 1861 to March 3, 1863. He was then elected as an Unconditional Unionist from West Virginia to the Thirty-eighth Congress (December 7, 1863 – March 3, 1865).

He was United States Minister to Costa Rica from 1868 to 1873. He later served as associate justice of the Supreme Court of Wyoming from 1876 to 1888. He was a probate judge for Salt Lake County, Utah from 1892 to 1895, and surveyor general of Utah from 1897 to 1901. He died in Salt Lake City and was interred in Mount Olive Cemetery there.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John S. Carlile
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 11th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Isaac H. Duval