Front cover

pdf iconDownload PDF
 

Title Page, Copyright Page

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. i-iv

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. v-vi

read more

Preface

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. vii-viii

Seeking information in a small New Hampshire town inevitably leads the researcher to the clerk of the township. A brief visit to the office of Campton clerk Sterle A. Cheney revealed that he was working at home. A short ride...

read more

Introduction

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-6

“The fate of that noble party to which they all belonged, and which had a record that could never be forgotten, depended on their letting principle alone. Their principle must be want of principle.”1 Henry Adams’s bitter...

read more

1. Early Years

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 7-16

The Beech Hill farm was a frenzy of activity. Richard and Sarah Bartlett were expecting a very important guest. William Miller and his followers had selected the next day—October 22, 1844—as the time that Jesus...

read more

2. Colonel

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 17-30

Blair was one of many Americans whose lives dramatically changed during the Civil War. The election of 1860 was a crucial event that threatened his safety and the stability of the country. Like more than 60 percent...

read more

3. Apprentice Lawyer and Politician

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 31-52

Even in a physically weakened condition, Henry Blair still possessed potent political influence. Captain Chester Pike appointed him the federal provost marshal for the Third Congressional District. Pike himself...

read more

4. Congressman

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 53-76

For New Hampshire politicians, election to the House of Representatives was an honor often barren of accomplishment or power. The rotation system ensured that, except in the most unusual cases, a person could serve no more than two terms. That meant that New Hampshire...

read more

5. Origin of the Education Bill

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 77-100

Blair returned to Washington after four years in Congress ready to assume his new senatorial duties. He quickly replaced Charles Bell and took his seat after being sworn in on June 20, 1879.1 Before he could become directly involved...

read more

6. A Sense of Place

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 101-112

As Blair sought to remedy the imperfections of American society, he became more conscious of the heritage shared by the mountain sections of the eastern United States. His reform work led to the discovery of a mountain region in the upland...

read more

7. Debate and Defeat of the Education Bill

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 113-130

After winning reelection to the Senate in 1885, Blair eagerly sought passage of his education legislation. More and more reform groups sought his assistance with their crusades, making him one of the national symbols of political reform...

read more

8. General Reformer

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 131-150

Although the education bill was his major reform effort, Blair supported numerous social improvement and environmental programs. His reputation for leading reform movements prompted many activists to enlist his support...

read more

9. Foreign Policy

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 151-164

Like many senators who were elected to office because of their skill in domestic politics, Blair was a novice in the field of foreign policy. He was far more knowledgeable about tariffs, education, and voting rights than about foreign policy issues. The result was that he did...

read more

10. New Hampshire Politics

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 165-188

Despite his national reputation, Henry Blair depended on political developments in New Hampshire to maintain himself in a position of power. Throughout the 1880s, economic developments in the state and Republican factionalism...

read more

11. Later Years

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 189-200

Blair’s last twenty-five years were a time of continued activity and interest in public life. Incomplete manuscript sources prevent a total reconstruction of this period, but it is possible to trace the broad outlines of these later years...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 201-236

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 237-246