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Blair LEE

(1857-1944)
Senate Years of Service:
1914-1917
Party:
Democrat

LEE, Blair, (great-grandson of Richard Henry Lee), a Senator from Maryland; born at Silver Spring, Montgomery County, Md., August 9, 1857; attended the common schools; graduated from Princeton College in 1880 and from the law department of Columbian (now George Washington) University, Washington, D.C., 1882; admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia and of Montgomery County, Md., in 1883 and commenced practice in Maryland; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifty-fifth Congress in 1896; member, State senate 1905-1913; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maryland in 1911; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate on November 4, 1913, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Isidor Rayner; credentials were presented on December 5, 1913, but he did not qualify until January 28, 1914, and served until March 3, 1917; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1916; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-third Congress), Committee on Coast Defenses (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses); resumed the practice of law; died in Norwood, Md., December 25, 1944; interment in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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