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James Gillespie Blaine

Blaine, James Gillespie (1830–93), U.S. politician. He served as U.S. representative (1863–76) and senator (1876–81) from Maine, and as secretary of state under Presidents James A. Garfield (1881) and Benjamin Harrison (1889–92). He was the Republican candidate for president in 1884, losing to Grover Cleveland in a campaign in which he refused to repudiate a supporter's description of the Democrats of New York as the party of “rum, Romanism, and rebellion.”

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