John Blair

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John Blair
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Current Court Information:
Supreme Court of the United States
Title:   Former Justice
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   George Washington
Active:   9/30/1789-10/25/1795
Preceded by:   New Seat
Succeeded by:   Samuel Chase
Past post:   Virginia Supreme Court
Past term:   1779-1789
Personal History
Born:   1732
Hometown:   Williamsburg, VA
Deceased:   August 31, 1800
Undergraduate:   College of William and Mary, A.B., 1754

John Blair, Jr. was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He joined the court in 1789 after a nomination from President George Washington. He resigned in October 25, 1795. Prior to joining the court, Blair served as a judge on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.[1]

Blair was one of ten justices nominated to the Supreme Court by President Washington. He served during The Jay Court and The Rutledge Court.[2]


Blair received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary in 1754. He also attended Middle Temple in London, England.[1]

Professional career

  • 1789: Judge, Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
  • 1779-1789: Judge, First Virginia Court of Appeals
  • 1787: Delegate, Federal Constitutional Convention
  • 1780: Chancellor, High Court of Chancery
  • 1779: Chief Justice, Virginia General Court
  • 1777-1778: Judge, Virginia General Court
  • 1776-1778: Member, Virginia Governor's Council
  • 1776: Delegate, Virginia Constitutional Convention, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1771-1775: Clerk, Virginia Governor's Council
  • 1766-1771: Member, Virginia House of Burgesses
  • 1756-1789: Attorney in private practice, Williamsburg, Virginia[1]

Judicial career

Supreme Court of the United States

Blair was nominated by President George Washington on September 24, 1789. He was confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 30, 1789. He resigned in October 25, 1795.[1] He was succeeded to this post by Justice Samuel Chase.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
Supreme Court
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Samuel Chase