History of the Federal Judiciary


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Blair, John Jr.
Born 1732 in Williamsburg, VA
Died August 31, 1800, in Williamsburg, VA

Federal Judicial Service:
Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by George Washington on September 24, 1789, to a new seat authorized by 1 Stat. 73. Confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 1789, and received commission on September 30, 1789. Service terminated on October 25, 1795, due to resignation.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
Middle Circuit, Spring 1790-Fall 1790, Fall 1791-Spring 1792, Spring 1794-Fall 1794
Southern Circuit, Spring 1791, Spring 1795
Eastern Circuit, Fall 1793

Education:
College of William and Mary, A.B., 1754
Middle Temple, London, England, 1756

Professional Career:
Private practice, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1756-1789
Member, Virginia House of Burgesses, 1766-1771
Clerk, Virginia Governor's Council, 1771-1775
Delegate, Virginia constitutional convention, 1776
Member, Virginia Governor's Council, 1776-1778
Judge, General Court of Virginia, 1777-1779; chief justice, 1779
Chancellor, Virginia High Court of Chancery, 1780
Judge, Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, 1780-1789
Delegate, Federal Constitutional Convention, 1787
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