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Blair, John (1732-1800)

Blair, John (1732-1800)
Historical Note
John Blair (1732-1800) was an American politician, Founding Father, and Patriot. John Blair was one of the best-trained jurists of his day. A legal scholar, he avoided the burly-burly of state politics, preferring to work behind the scenes. But he was devoted to the idea of a permanent union of the newly independent states and loyally supported fellow Virginians James Madison and George Washington at the Constitutional Convention. His greatest contribution as a Founding Father was came not in Philadelphia, but later as a judge on the Virginia court of appeals and on the U.S. Supreme Court, where he influenced the interpretation of the Constitution in a number of important decisions. Contemporaries praised Blair for such personal strengths as gentleness and benevolence, and for his ability to penetrate immediately to the heart of a legal question. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/John Blair.



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Records or Manuscript Collections
Blair Family Papers, 1741-1792
Blair, Banister, Braxton, Horner, Whiting Papers, 1760-1890
William and Thomas Dawson Papers, 1721-1775