Blaine, James Gillespie
- Allan Burton Spetter
Blaine, James Gillespie (31 January 1830–27 January 1893), Speaker of the House of Representatives and secretary of state, was born in West Brownsville, Pennsylvania, the son of Ephraim Blaine, a prosperous investor in land and trading goods, and Maria Gillespie. Blaine graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1847. While only seventeen years old, he began teaching at the Western Military Institute in Georgetown, Kentucky. Blaine married Harriet Stanwood in June 1850. They had six children. The following year he joined the faculty at the Pennsylvania Institute for the Education of the Blind in Philadelphia. In 1854 Blaine moved to Maine, where he became a newspaper editor and, in the political turmoil of the 1850s, served as one of the “founding fathers” of the new Republican party....