John Blair, Jr. (1779-1789)

Further reading:

Peter Graham Fish, Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1789-1835 (2002) and John O. Peters, From Marshall to Moussaoui: Federal Justice in the Eastern District of Virginia (2013) treat Blair’s  service on the U.S. Supreme Court  (1789-1795).

Elliott J. Drinard,  “John Blair, Jr., 1732-1800, ” Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Virginia State Bar Association (1926).

Mark F. Fernandez, “John Blair, Jr. (1782-1800), ”  Dictionary of Virginia Biography (1998).

Mark D. Hall, “John Blair: a Safe and Conscientious Judge,” in Scott Douglas Gerber, ed., Seriatum: the Supreme Court before Marshall, (New York: New York University Press, 1998).

Andre C. Laviano, “John Blair, Jr.” in Clare Cushman, ed., The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies, 1789-2012, (Supreme Court Historical Society, 2012).

Jerome D. Traver, Uncovering the past at Taskinas Plantation: the eighteenth- century estate of John Blair, Jr. a Virginia signer of the U.S. Constitution and appointee to the first U.S. Supreme Court: a program of archaeological testing and documentation of the cultural heritage of York River State Park for Thomas Cervanak (May 2003), available at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, Williamsburg.

Henry T. Wickham, “Address . . . at a special session of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, held at Philadelphia, Pa., Tuesday, May sixth, 1913, on the occasion of the presentation on behalf of the Virginia Bar Association of a portrait of Hon. John Blair, Jr., from 1789 to 1796 a justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Virginia State Bar Association (1913).

Research collections:

College of William and Mary (Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library)
Williamsburg, Va.
Blair, Banister, Braxton, Horner, and Whiting Papers, 1760-1890; 8 items.
Letters from John Blair (1732-1800) to his sister, Mary Blair Braxton Burwell, 1777-1796.

Blair Family Papers, 1741-1792; 6 items.
Legal documents; includes a deposition,  1787 and n.d., of John Blair (1732-1800) concerning a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Ga. (Margaret Eustace vs. Seth John Cuthbert) which concerned the estate of his brother, James Blair (1741-1772).

William and Thomas Dawson Papers, 1721-1775; 96 items.
Correspondence (negative photostats).

Library of Virginia (Personal Papers Collection)
Richmond, Va.
Tucker-Ewell Papers, 1770-1893; 183 leaves; correspondence.

The Morgan Library and Museum
New York, NY
Letter; 1781.
Letter to Thomas Nelson, 1781 July 15, requesting a flag for Mrs. Tazewell “for the purpose of endeavouring to recover the Slaves she has lost…it being the Case of a worthy Widow, reduced to a considerable Degree of Distress, by an almost total Desertion of her Family Servants.”

University of Virginia (Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library)
Charlottesville, Va.
Letter, 1800.
John Blair writes to James Monroe regarding appointments in Madison County, Virginia, 1800 May 20.