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Montgomery Blair was a 19th century lawyer and politician who represented Dred Scott and served as Abraham Lincoln's postmaster general.
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Still, Blair worked on behalf of Lincoln's presidential campaign. Like Attorney General Edward Barnes, Blair was also interested in taking over for Roger Taney as Supreme Court chief justice, but the position ultimately went to Salmon P. Chase,
whom Blair had actively criticized.
Blair later supported President Andrew Johnson's policies for the South and rejoined the Democratic Party. He ran for Congress in 1865 and 1882, losing both races, though he won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1878.
Blair died on July 27, 1883 in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was survived by his wife and four children.
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President Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet was truly one of the most unique in American history, including several of his disappointed presidential opponents—William Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Simon Cameron and Edward Bates, who lost the Republican Party's presidential nomination to Lincoln in 1860—as well as dogmatic politicians like Montgomery Blair, Hannibal Hamlin, Edwin Stanton, Gideon Welles and Lincoln's future successor, President Andrew Johnson. Learn more about these historic figures, Abraham Lincoln's presidency, the American Civil War and more, only at Biography.com.
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