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Lincoln's Cabinet: Blair Family

Political Science and Lincoln Junkies, rejoice! A treasure trove of information awaits you.



Samples Primary Sources

The Library of Congress ( has quite a few letters to or from Montgomery Blair digitized and available online. Go to and complete a search for Montgomery Blair. Examples of what you can find include:

  1.  Warren Pope to Montgomery Blair, Thursday, August 01, 1861 (Wants to raise a regiment; endorsed by Montgomery Blair and Robert Mallory)
  2. Walter C. Simmons to Montgomery Blair, Thursday, July 07, 1864 (Charges against the Blairs made by Senator Sprague; endorsed by Montgomery Blair)
  3. Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, November 24, 1862 (Cover letter)
  4. Ought the Negro to be Disenfranchised? Ought he to have been Enfranchised?. [The North American review. / Volume 128, Issue 268, March 1879]
  5. Thomas G. Pratt to Montgomery Blair, Tuesday, December 01, 1863 (Telegram concerning oath of allegiance to Confederate States)
  6. Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, Monday, October 12, 1863 (Suppression of the Republican) note: freedom of press? First Amendment?
  7. Montgomery Blair to Abraham Lincoln, [March 1861] (Gen. Scott and Fort Sumter)

Books at USF


You can ask to have these books borrowed frmo USF, or you can drive there and use them, or check them out in person. Take your SLU ID card with you.

1. Letter of Hon. Montgomery Blair, postmaster general, to the meeting held at the Cooper Institute, New York, March 6, 1862.

Author: Blair, Montgomery 1813-1883

Published: Washington, Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1862.   MICROFORM

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2. The Monroe doctrine : exposing the alliance of the American Secretary of State with Louis Napoleon to overthrow the Monroe doctrine and establish a despotism on...

speech of Hon. Montgomery Blair at Hagerstown, Md., on 12 July, 1865. The rebellion : where the guilt lies / speech of the Hon. Montgomery Blair, delivered at Clarksville, Howard County, Md., on August 26, 1865.

Author: Blair, Montgomery 1813-1883

Published: [Washington, D.C.? : s.n., 1865?]

USF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS-Tampa 19th Century American Literature Collection

E668 .B65 1865  


3 . Comments on the policy inaugurated by the President in a letter and two speeches

by Montgomery Blair ...

Author: Blair, Montgomery 1813-1883

Published: New York : Hall, Clayton & Medole, printers, 1863.  MICROFORM

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Montgomery Blair was the first Postmaster General.