Blair, Montgomery

1861 ADS as Lincoln's Postmaster General,draft telegram notifying General Fremont that state volunteer forces will be coming to him

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(1813-1883) US Attorney for Missouri 1839-41, St. Louis Mayor 1842-43, jurist. The Blair family abandoned the Democratic Party in the wake of the Kansas-Nebraska Act and were among the founding leaders of the new Republican Party. Blair was counsel for Dred Scott before the Supreme Court in 1857. In 1860, he took an active part in Lincoln's presidential campaign and was Lincoln’s Postmaster General 1861-64. Differing from the Republican Party on Reconstruction policy, Blair supported the Democratic Party after the Civil War, along with his nephew, Francis Preston Blair, Jr., the 1868 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate. Blair was counsel to Samuel Tilden before 1876 Electoral Commission. ADS on 8 x 5 lined paper as Lincoln's Postmaster General, Washington, August 13 1861, draft telegram to Major General in St. Louis: "Mr. Lestey tells me Order has been issued to Ohio, Indiana, Ills & Michigan to forward all available forces to you", signed "MBlair PMG". "Mr. Lestey tells me" added in other hand. JOHN C. FREMONT (1813-1890) American explorer and Army officer. Explored California, Oregon & Rockies between 1838-49. In late 1846 Frémont led 300 men to capture Santa Barbara, California during the Mexican-American War. He led his men toward Los Angeles, accepting the surrender of Andres Pico and signing the Treaty of Cahuenga on Jan. 13, 1847, ending the war in upper California; Commodore Stockton then appointed him military governor of California. He resigned his commission and settled in California near Yosemite. Elected one of 1st California US Senators 1850-51, 1st Republican Party presidential nominee in 1856, lost to Buchanan. Led Western Department in Civil War May-Nov. 1861. Frémont imposed martial law in Missouri, confiscating secessionists' private property and emancipating slaves. Lincoln, fearing his emancipation order would tip Missouri (and other slave states in Union control) to the southern cause, asked him to revise the order. Frémont refused so Lincoln publicly revoked the proclamation and relieved Frémont of command on Nov. 2, 1861. In March 1862 he was placed in command of the Mountain Department of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. When the Army of Virginia was created to include his corps, with John Pope in command, Frémont declined to serve as he was senior to Pope and for personal reasons. He went to New York, expecting a command, but none was given him. Frémont was governor of the Arizona Territory 1878-81. Destitute, his family depended on publication earnings of his wife Jessie. Four US states named counties in his honor: Colorado, Idaho, Iowa and Wyoming. Several states also named cities, villages, and towns after him, inc. California.

Condition: Very good, small lower right corner tear, folds, docketing at top, below and verso.
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