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  • ID: I388949
  • Name: James Gillespie BLAINE
  • RELA: Spouse of 8th cousin 5x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 JAN 1830 in West Brownsville, Washington Co., PA
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maine BET 4 MAR 1863 AND 10 JUL 1876
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from Maine BET 10 JUL 1876 AND 5 MAR 1881
  • Event: Appointed BET 7 MAR 1881 AND 19 DEC 1881 United States Secretary of State
  • Death: 27 JAN 1893 in Washington, D.C.
  • Title: Sen.
  • Event: Pic Sen. James G. Blaine
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    BLAINE, James Gillespie, a Representative and a Senator from Maine; born in West Brownsville, Washington County, Pa., January 31, 1830; graduated from Washington College, Washington, Pa., in 1847; taught at the Western Military Institute, Blue Lick Springs, Ky.; returned to Pennsylvania; studied law; taught at the Pennsylvania Institution for the Blind in Philadelphia 1852-1854; moved in 1854 to Maine, where he edited the Portland Advertiser and the Kennebec Journal; member, State house of representatives 1859-1862, serving the last two years as speaker; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1863, to July 10, 1876, when he resigned; Speaker of the House of Representatives (Forty-first through Forty- third Congresses); chairman, Committee on Rules (Forty-third through Forty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for nomination for President on the Republican ticket in 1876 and 1880; appointed and subsequently elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Lot M. Morrill; reelected and served from July 10, 1876, to March 5, 1881, when he resigned to become Secretary of State; chairman, Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment (Forty-fifth Congress), Committee on Rules (Forty-fifth Congress); Secretary of State in the Cabinets of Presidents James Garfield and Chester Arthur, from March 5 to December 12, 1881; unsuccessful Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1884; Secretary of State in the Cabinet of President Benjamin Harrison 1889-1892, when he resigned; aided in organizing and was the first president of the Pan American Congress; died in Washington, D.C., January 27, 1893; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery; reinterment at the request of the State of Maine in the Blaine Memorial Park, Augusta, Maine, in June 1920.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Ephraim Lyon BLAINE b: 28 FEB 1796 in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA
    Mother: Maria GILLESPIE b: 22 MAY 1801 in Brownsville, Fayette Co., PA

    Marriage 1 Harriet Bailey STANWOOD b: 12 OCT 1828 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    • Married: 30 JUN 1851 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    1. Has No Children Walker BLAINE b: 8 MAY 1855 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    2. Has No Children Emmons BLAINE b: AUG 1857 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    3. Has No Children Alice Stanwood BLAINE b: 18 MAR 1861 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    4. Has Children Margaret Isabella BLAINE b: 28 AUG 1865 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    5. Has No Children James Gillespie BLAINE , Jr. b: BET 1868 AND 1869 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
    6. Has No Children Harriet Stanwood BLAINE b: BET 1871 AND 1872 in Augusta, Kennebec Co., ME
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