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David Ellmore Blair
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Birth: Aug. 16, 1874
Saline County
Kansas, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1954
Greene County
Missouri, USA

He married Mary E. Henley circa 1902. He was a circuit judge at Jasper County, Missouri. In 1921, he was elected Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. He served for many years. His death certificate is #40592.

BIO:DAVID E. BLAIR. Judge Blair, who is presiding with marked efficiency on the bench of the circuit court of Jasper county, has gained prestige as one of the representative legists and jurists of this section of the state and holds commanding place in the confidence and esteem of the community, which has been the stage of his activities during his entire professional career. He is one of the progressive and public-spirited citizens of the city of Joplin, where he has an attractive home, and it is interesting to record that this also is the home of his parents, while his father likewise is one of the honored and essential representative members of Jasper county. The family is one long founded in the United States, its record being rich in soldiers, patriots, statesmen and the like, and more of it will be given in succeeding paragraphs. Judge Blair claims the Sunflower state as the place of his nativity and has well exemplified the progressive spirit of the west. He was born at Salina, the judicial center of Saline county, Kansas, on August 16, 1874, and is a son of Edgar W. and Emma McClure Blair. Judge Blair is indebted to the public schools of his native city for his early educational discipline, which was effectively supplemented by a course of study in Wesleyan University, located in Salina, the city of his birth. In preparation for his chosen profession he entered the Kansas University Law School in the city of Lawrence, Kansas, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1899 and from which he received his well-earned degree of Bachelor of Laws. He was admitted to the bar of the state of Kansas in June, 1899, at the time of his graduation, and in September following he secured admission to the bar and upon establishing his home at Joplin. In this city he initiated the work of his profession in association with the firm of Galen & A. E. Spenser, whose principals had secured high place at the local bar, and later he entered into a professional partnership with Honorable Pert D. Decker, after whose withdrawal from the firm he became associated in practice with his honored father; this alliance continuing until his elevation to the circuit bench. Judge Blair soon proved his admirable equipment for the work of his chosen calling and his professional novitiate was therefore of comparatively brief duration. He gained reputation as a skillful and versatile trial lawyer and in 1903-4 he served as assistant prosecuting attorney, under Andrew H. Redding, His successful work in this position and his personal popularity soon marked him for higher official honors in the gift of the voters of the county and in 1908 he was elected to the bench of the circuit court, as the candidate on the Republican ticket. Ills rulings on the bench have been marked by true judicial acumen and have also given evidence of his broad and accurate knowledge of law and precedent. His term of office will expire on the 1st of January, 1915. Well fortified in his opinions as to matters of public polity and known as a man of broad and liberal views, Judge Blair accords a stanch allegiance to the Republican party, of which principles and policies he is an effective advocate, and as a citizen he is loyal and public-spirited in every way. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity he has become affiliated with the Scottish rite bodies, in which he holds membership in Fellowship Lodge, No. 345, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in Joplin. He is a valued member of the Commercial Club, one of the representative civic organizations of his home city. Both he and his wife are popular factors in connection with the best social affairs of the community and their circle of friends is coincident with that of their acquaintance.
[Bio courtesy of Roy Fredrick] 
Family links: 
  Edgar Wilson Blair (1847 - 1929)
  Emma Ann McClure Blair (1849 - 1929)
  Mary Eleanor Henley Blair (1879 - 1956)*
  Charles Wilson Blair (1872 - 1878)*
  David Ellmore Blair (1874 - 1954)
  William Newton Blair (1876 - 1970)*
  Mabel Emma Blair (1880 - 1883)*
  Sumner Houston Blair (1884 - 1947)*
*Calculated relationship
David Ellmore
1874 - 1954
Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Diane Gravlee
Record added: May 09, 2009
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David Ellmore Blair
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David Ellmore Blair
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David Ellmore Blair
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