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Blair family of Jackson, Michigan

Note: This is just one of 1,130 family groupings listed on The Political Graveyard web site. These families each have three or more politician members, all linked together by blood, marriage or adoption.

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  Bernard Blair (1801-1880) — of Salem, Washington County, N.Y. Born in Williamstown, Berkshire County, Mass., May 24, 1801. Whig. Lawyer; banker; delegate to Whig National Convention from New York, 1839; U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1841-43. Presbyterian. Died in Salem, Washington County, N.Y., May 7, 1880 (age 78 years, 349 days). Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Salem, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of William Blair and Sally (Train) Blair; married to Charlotte Lansing; third cousin of Austin Blair; third cousin once removed of Charles Austin Blair (1854-1912).
  Political family: Blair family of Jackson, Michigan.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
Austin Blair Austin Blair (1818-1894) — also known as "The War Governor" — of Jackson, Jackson County, Mich. Born in Caroline, Tompkins County, N.Y., February 8, 1818. Lawyer; member of Michigan state house of representatives from Jackson County, 1846; instrumental in the 1846 abolition of capital punishment in Michigan, the first English-speaking jurisdiction to do so; Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney, 1853-54, 1885-86; member of Michigan state senate 12th District, 1855-56; Governor of Michigan, 1861-65; defeated (Liberty), 1872; delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1860; U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1867-73; member of University of Michigan board of regents, 1881-89; appointed 1881. Unitarian. Died in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., August 6, 1894 (age 76 years, 179 days). Interment at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery, Jackson, Mich.; statue at State Capitol Grounds, Lansing, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Rhoda (Blackman) Mann Blair and George Blair (1796-1869); married, February 18, 1841, to Persis Lyman (c.1820-1844); married, May 25, 1846, to Elizabeth Pratt (c.1823-1847); married, February 16, 1849, to Sarah Louesa (Horton) Ford (1824-1897); father of Charles Austin Blair (1854-1912); third cousin of Bernard Blair.
  Political family: Blair family of Jackson, Michigan.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Washtenaw County (1891)
  Charles Austin Blair (1854-1912) — also known as Charles A. Blair — of Jackson, Jackson County, Mich. Born in Jackson, Jackson County, Mich., April 10, 1854. Republican. Lawyer; Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1896; candidate for circuit judge in Michigan 4th Circuit, 1899; Michigan state attorney general, 1903-04; justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1905-12; died in office 1912; chief justice of Michigan state supreme court, 1909. Scottish ancestry. Died August 30, 1912 (age 58 years, 142 days). Interment at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery, Jackson, Mich.
  Relatives: Son of Austin Blair; married, October 8, 1879, to Effie C. North (1861-1944); third cousin once removed of Bernard Blair (1801-1880).
  Political family: Blair family of Jackson, Michigan.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial — Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society
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