James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893)

Blaine was a leading Republican politician and diplomat for 25 years. In 1854, he became editor and part owner of the Kennebec Journal, a crusading Republican newspaper. He served in the Maine state legislature from 1858 until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1862. In 1868 Blaine was elected speaker of the house. Blaine was appointed to the Senate to fill a vacancy and he soon won election to a full term. In 1876 and 1880 he lost bids for the presidential nomination and then resigned his Senate seat to become secretary of state. Blaine finally won nomination for the presidency in 1884, only to lose by an extremely narrow margin to Grover Cleveland. By 1889, the Republicans were back in power and Blaine again became secretary of state.

1870 circa 5 years
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