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Name:    Blow, Henry Taylor
Profession:  Other
Category:  African-American Experience
Born/Started:     Jul. 15, 1817
Died/Ended:     Sep. 11, 1875
Description:    Henry Taylor Blow was a businessman, politician, and diplomat who gained fame for his role in the famous Dred Scott case. After the Supreme Court denied Dred Scot his freedom, his owner transferred ownership to Blow. He immediately freed Scott and pensioned him in his late years.

A native of Virginia, Blow moved to St. Louis in 1830 and attended St. Louis University in 1830 and 1831. He engaged in the paint and oil business and later became especially interested in lead mines. He was elected to the state senate from 1854-1858 and appointed Minister Resident at Venezuela from 1861 to1862. He was elected as an Unconditional Unionist to the 38th Congress and as a Republican to the 39th Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867). From 1869 to1871, he served as U.S. Minister to Brazil. He died in Saratoga, New York on September 11, 1875 and is buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.

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