Biography of James Gillespie Blaine


Blaine, James Gillespie. "The Plumed Knight," was born in Pennsylvania in 1830. Removed to Maine, where he edited the Portland Advertiser." Served four terms in the legislature, in Congress from 1862 to 1876, and speaker for three years. Prominent candidate for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1876, 1880, and 1892; successful candidate in 1884, but was defeated for president. United States senator in 1877; secretary of state under Garfield; secretary of state under Harrison, but resigned just before the Republican Convention of 1892. Died 1893.