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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Jacob Beeson Blair

Jacob Beeson Blair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
1. Jacob Beeson Blair Marker
Inscription.  Born in Parkersburg on April 11, 1821, Blair was an attorney before the Civil War. Elected in 1861 to fill a vacancy in the US House of Representatives, he served until 1865 and was a staunch supporter of the Union and WV statehood. On New Year’s Day, 1863, eager to know if Lincoln had signed the statehood bill, he entered the White House by a window. Blair died in 1901.
Erected 2016 by West Virginia Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable EventsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 11, 1821.
Location. 39° 15.938′ N, 81° 33.814′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of Juliana Street (West Virginia Route 68) and 3rd Street on Juliana Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Creating West Virginia (here, next to this marker); W.H. Smith Hardware Co. (within shouting distance
Jacob Beeson Blair Marker (right) and Creating West Virginia Marker (left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
2. Jacob Beeson Blair Marker (right) and Creating West Virginia Marker (left)
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of this marker); Wood County Court House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); George Neale, Jr. House (about 300 feet away); Wood County 911 Memorial (about 300 feet away); Wetherell's Jewelers Clock (about 500 feet away); West Virginia's First Governor / Parkersburg Governors (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
Regarding Jacob Beeson Blair. Born in Parkersburg, West Virginia (then Virginia), Blair studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844. He was a lawyer in private practice and served as prosecuting attorney, Ritchie County, West Virginia (then Virginia as well).

Blair was elected as a Unionist from Virginia to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative John S. Carlile. Blair served in this capacity from December 2, 1861 to March 3, 1863. He was then elected as an Unconditional Unionist from West Virginia to the Thirty-eighth Congress (December 7, 1863 – March 3, 1865).

He was United States Minister to
Jacob B. Blair (1821–1901) image. Click for full size.
By unknown photographer via Wikipedia Commons, 1885
3. Jacob B. Blair (1821–1901)
Costa Rica from 1868 to 1873. He later served as associate justice of the Supreme Court of Wyoming from 1876 to 1888. He was a probate judge for Salt Lake County, Utah from 1892 to 1895, and surveyor general of Utah from 1897 to 1901. He died in Salt Lake City and was interred in Mount Olive Cemetery there.

Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Dec. 4, 2022