Archives of Maryland
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Blair Lee (1857-1944)
MSA SC 3520-2068


Born at Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md., August 9, 1857.  Son of Samuel Phillips and Elizabeth (Blair) Lee; great-grandson of Richard Henry Lee.  Attended public schools; Emerson Institute; Princeton College, B.A., 1880; Columbian College (now George Washington University), Washington, D.C., LL.B., 1882, and LL.M., 1883.  Admitted to the D.C. bar and Montgomery County, Maryland Bar, 1883.  Married Anne Clymer Brooke, October 1, 1891; children Edward Brooke, Phillips Blair, and Arthur Fitzgerald.  Died in Norwood, Md., December 25, 1944.  Buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Engaged in the private practice of law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1896.  Member, state senate, Montgomery County, 1905-1913.   Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1911.  U.S. Senator (Democrat), 1914-1917 (elected to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isidor Rayner).  Unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916.  Chair, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department, Committee on Coast Defenses.

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