Blair, Francis P., Sr.
Born: 1791-04-21 Abington, Virginia
Died: 1876-10-18 Silver Spring, Maryland
Blair settled in Kentucky with his family in 1800. In 1811, he graduated with honors from Transylvania University in Lexington. In 1812, he married Eliza Violet Gist, who was his partner for sixty-four years. Together, the couple raised four children including Francis P. Blair Jr. and Montgomery Blair. Blair studied law, served as circuit court clerk in Franklin County, Kentucky, and edited
Elbert B. Smith, "Blair, Francis Preston," American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 2:910-11; Olive Hoogenboom, "Rives, John Cook," American National Biography (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), 18:571-72.