Henry Taylor BLOW, Congress, MO (1817-1875)


BLOW, Henry Taylor, a Representative from Missouri; born in Southampton County, Va., July 15, 1817; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1830; attended St. Louis University in 1830 and 1831; engaged in the paint and oil business and later became especially interested in lead mines; member of the State senate 1854-1858; served as Minister Resident at Venezuela from June 8, 1861, to February 22, 1862; elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress and as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867); was not a candidate for renomination in 1866; resumed his former business pursuits; Minister to Brazil from May 1, 1869, to February 11, 1871; was a member of the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia in 1874 and 1875; died in Saratoga, Saratoga County, N.Y., September 11, 1875; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present