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Montgomery Blair. Engraving by J. C. Buttre, from a set of portraits of members of the Lincoln cabinet. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-116982).

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Blair, Montgomery (10 May 1813–27 July 1883), postmaster general and lawyer, was born in Franklin County, Kentucky, the son of Francis Preston Blair and Eliza Violet Gist Blair. His father, who served in the War of 1812 and was an assistant newspaper editor at the time of Montgomery’s birth, later became the founder and editor of ...

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Creswell, John Angel James (18 November 1828–23 December 1891), lawyer and politician, was born in Port Deposit, Maryland, the son of John G. Creswell and Rebecca E. Webb. In 1848 he graduated from Dickinson with honors, and two years later he passed the bar. Not long afterward he married Hannah J. Richardson; they had no children....

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Dickinson, Donald McDonald (17 January 1846–15 October 1917), lawyer and postmaster general, was born in Port Ontario, New York, the son of Asa C. Dickinson, a voyager, and Minerva Holmes. In 1848 Donald moved with his family to Michigan’s St. Clair County and then four years later to Detroit, where he attended the Detroit public schools. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in March 1867 and was admitted to the Michigan bar on 2 May 1867. A successful young attorney, Dickinson in 1869 married Frances Platt. The Dickinsons had seven children, five of whom died in one year, 1878, from spinal meningitis....

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Walker, Frank Comerford (30 May 1886–13 September 1959), politician, postmaster general, and businessman, was born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania, the son of David Walker, an independent copper mine operator, and Ellen Comerford. When Walker was three years old the family moved to Butte, Montana, then a center of mining activities and Irish-American life in the West. Young Frank was affected deeply by his mother’s religious faith, and he remained a devout Catholic all of his life. He was educated in local parochial schools, attended Gonzaga University, and earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1909....