Frank P. Blair Memorial, Forest Park


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Frank Preston Blair worked with Nathaniel Lyon to secure the arms at the Arsenal in 1861, and went on to a successful career fighting for the Union in the Civil War.  He also was a statesman, and I find it interesting that the foundation who created this memorial chose to portray him in civilian clothing.

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3 Responses

  1. Tom Maher - Kirkwood MO

    04/09/2014, 01:27 pm

    Perhaps the group wanted to shy away from his past as a Union general as a sop to Southern sympathizers in St. Louis?
    Interestingly, after leaving the Republican Party, he was the Democratic VP candidate in 1868 and made some really virulent statements on black people – see the Wikipedia article on him…


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