Log In

Joseph Clay Styles Blackburn

senator

Joseph Clay Styles Blackburn, American senator. member Ky; member 44th to 48th Congresses (1875-1885); member Isthmian Canal Commn.

Background

Blackburn, Joseph Clay Styles was born on October 1, 1838 in Woodford Company, Kentucky, United States. Son of Edward M. and Lavinia S. Blackburn.

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Centre College, Kentucky, 1857 (Doctor of Laws).

Career

Admitted to bar, 1858. Practiced at Chicago, 1858-1860. Served throughout Civil War in C.S.A.

Resumed practice in Kentucky. Member Kentucky House of Representatives, 1871-1875. Member 44th to 48th Congresses (1875-1885).

United States senator, 1885-1897 and 1901-1907. Member Isthmian Canal Commission and head department civil administration, Canal Zone, April 1, 1907-December 4, 1909. Delaware Democratic nat. convs., 1896, 1900, 1904, a leader in the free-coinage movement.

Chairman Democratic caucus, United States Senate, 1906, 1907. Home: Versailles, Ky.

Membership

Member Ky; member 44th to 48th Congresses (1875-1885). Member Isthmian Canal Commn.

Connections

Married Therese Graham, February 10, 1858 (died 1899). Married second, Mistress.

father:
Edward M.

mother:
Lavinia S. Blackburn

spouses:
Therese Graham

Mistress