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Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Blair House

 
 
The Blair House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
1. The Blair House Marker







Inscription.
National Historical Marker
The Blair House
Purchased in 1836
by Francis P. Blair, Sr.,
friend of Andrew Jackson,
publisher of the Washington "Globe"
and the "Congressional Globe."
Inherited by his son,
Montgomery Blair,
Attorney for Dred Scott,
Postmaster General under Lincoln,
and originator
of the International Postal Union,
who, with his brother,
General Francis P. Blair, Jr.,
defended Lincoln's plan
for a reconstruction of the Union.
Here, at Lincoln's instance,
Robert E. Lee was offered command
of the Union army in the field.

National Park Service
United State
Department of the Interior

 
Erected by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 53.935′ N, 77° 2.316′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Jackson Place, on the right when traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue. Click for map. Located in front of the Blair-Lee House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1653 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
A Near Duplicate, to the Left of the Marker on the Fence image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
2. A Near Duplicate, to the Left of the Marker on the Fence
The Blair House
Erected 1824
1836 Home of
Francis Preston Blair
editor of Globe
also of
Montgomery Blair
Attorney for Dread Scott
Postmaster General
in the cabinet of
Abraham Lincoln

Occupied by
George Bancroft Historian

General Robert E. Lee
was here offered command
of the Union army in the
field at the instance of
Abraham Lincoln
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Francis Preston Blair (here, next to this marker); In Honor of Leslie Coffelt (here, next to this marker); The Lee House (a few steps from this marker); First Home of the Reserve Officers Association (a few steps from this marker); Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (within shouting distance of this marker); Renwick Gallery (within shouting distance of this marker); These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Downtown.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Blair Mansion, another home of Francis Preston Blair in Silver Spring, Maryland
 
Also see . . .
1. The Blair House. Recounting the rather colorful history of the house. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Montgomery Blair. At a time when the postal service represented one of the largest federal branches and provided the most accessible means of communication for the nation, the Postmaster General was one of the most powerful positions in Washington. As Lincoln's Postmaster, Blair's influence weighted heavily in the cabinet. (Submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Several Markers in front of the Blair-Lee House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Several Markers in front of the Blair-Lee House
 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Blair-Lee House image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
4. The Blair-Lee House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,365 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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