Jacob B. Blair

Jacob Beeson Blair ( born April 11, 1821 in Parkersburg, Virginia, † February 12, 1901 in Salt Lake City, Utah ) was an American politician. Between 1861 and 1863 he represented the eleventh electoral district of the state of Virginia from 1863 to 1865 and the first constituency of the new state of West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1868 to 1873 he was U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica.


Jacob Blair was born in 1821 in Parkersburg, which was then still part of Virginia. Since 1863, the city belongs to the then newly formed state of West Virginia. After studying law and its made ​​in 1844 admitted to the bar he began in Ritchie County to work in his new profession.

Following the resignation of Congressman John S. Carlile, he was elected as a Unionist in 1861 for the State of Virginia or for its loyal union districts in the U.S. House of Representatives. This mandate he held between December 2, 1861, and March 3, 1863. After the founding of West Virginia, he was also elected as a Unionist for the first Congressman of the first congressional district of the new state. He was West Virginia represented between 7 December 1863 and 3 March 1865 the House of Representatives in Washington. This period was overshadowed by the events of the Civil War.

After the end of his time in Congress Blair was 1868-1873 American ambassador to Costa Rica. Between 1876 and 1888 he was an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court in Wyoming. Thereafter, he served from 1892 to 1895 as restructuring judge in Salt Lake County, Utah Territory. After the founding of the State of Utah, he was there 1897-1901 as General Experts ( Surveyor General ) operates. Jacob Blair died on February 12, 1901 in Salt Lake City and was also buried there.