James G. Blair

James Gorrall Blair ( * January 1, 1825 in Blairsville, Kentucky; † March 1, 1904 in Monticello, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1873 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Blair attended the public schools of his home only for three months. Then he has the necessary academic knowledge self taught. In 1840 he came to Monticello, Missouri, where he worked in agriculture. Between 1848 and 1854, Blair was usher at the District Court. After studying law and his 1854 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Canton.

Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In 1870 he was a delegate to the regional Republican convention in Missouri. Shortly thereafter, he left the party and became a member of the short-lived Liberal Republican Party. In the congressional elections of 1870, Blair has as its candidate in the eighth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John F. Benjamin on March 4, 1871. Since he resigned in 1872 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1873.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives James Blair worked as a lawyer again. He also worked again in agriculture. He died on March 1, 1904 in Monticello, and was buried in Canton.