BLAIR, Jacob Beeson, a Representative from Virginia and from West Virginia; born in Parkersburg, Wood
County, Va. (now W.Va.), April 11, 1821; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1844; lawyer,
private practice; prosecuting attorney, Ritchie County, Va. (now W.Va.); elected as a Unionist from
Virginia to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States
Representative John S. Carlile (December 2, 1861-March 3, 1863); elected as an Unconditional
Unionist from West Virginia to the Thirty-eighth Congress (December 7, 1863-March 3, 1865);
United States Minister to Costa Rica, 1868-1873; associate justice of the supreme court of Wyoming,
1876-1888; probate judge for Salt Lake County, Utah, 1892-1895; surveyor general of Utah,
1897-1901; died on February 12, 1901, Salt Lake City, Utah; interment in Mount Olive Cemetery,
Salt Lake City, Utah.
BibliographyWinston, Sheldon. West Virginia First Delegation to
Congress. West Virginia History 29 (July 1968): 274-7.