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Blaine, James Gillespie, statesman, was born in 1830, at Brownsville, West Pennsylvania. For a time he was professor in small colleges, to which his subsequent title of "the scholar in politics" is doubtless due. In 1854 he was a journalist at Augusta, Maine, and from 1858 to 1862 sat in the State legislature, from 1862 to 1876 in the House of Representatives. In 1876 he was elected United States senator for Maine. In 1884 he was nominated for the presidency, but was defeated by Cleveland. In 1886 he accepted under President Harrison the secretaryship of state, a position he had held under President Garfield. He was the author of Twenty Years in Congress. He died in 1893.