Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Blair House
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,
Attorney for Dred Scott,
Postmaster General under Lincoln,
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
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. Touch 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. 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,373 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on October 20, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.