BLAIR, John, a Representative from Tennessee; born at Blairs Mill, near Jonesborough (now
Jonesboro), Washington County, Tenn., September 13, 1790; attended Martain Academy, and was
graduated from Washington (Tenn.) College in 1809; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1813
and practiced; member of the State house of representatives 1815-1817; served in the State senate
1817-1821; elected as a Jacksonian Republican to the Eighteenth Congress; reelected as a
Jacksonian to the Nineteenth through Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1835);
chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Twentieth Congress); unsuccessful
candidate for reelection in 1834 to the Twenty-fourth Congress; retired to private life; again a
member of the State house of representatives, in 1849 and 1850; resumed the practice of law; died in
Jonesboro, Tenn., July 9, 1863; interment in the Old Cemetery.
BibliographyBloomer, Faye T. The Legislative Career of John
Blair.'' Master's thesis, East Tennessee State University, 1956.