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Educated at Ipswich Grammar School.
He was admitted to the Queensland bar in 1894.
Blair contested a general election as an independent candidate for Ipswich, which then returned two members to the Legislative Assembly. He was placed second to T. B. Cribb.
Appointed to the 1899 Police Commission along with:
Judge Noel (chairman), Messrs. F. W. Dickson, barrister-at-law, T. Garvin, a superintendent in the New South Wales Police Force, J. Sadlier, late inspecting superintendent of the Victorian Police, and T. O. Unmack, with Mr. J. W. Blair, barrister-at-law, as secretary.
Elected as Independent member for Ipswich in March 1902, serving in ministerial positions, retaining the seat until 1915.
He became Attorney-General in 1903 and was given the additional portfolio of mines in 1904. Blair lost his seat in 1915 and then concentrated on his legal practice.
He married May Christina Gibson in 1912.
In 1922 he became a Supreme Court Judge and 3 years later he was appointed Chief Justice, which he held until 1940.
In 1930 he was Knighted and in 1935 created a K.C.M.G.
In 1940 Blair retired from the bench but remained Lieutenant-Governor and chancellor of the university.
He died of cerebro-vascular disease on 18 November 1944 at the Mater Hospital in south Brisbane. (Information taken from: Australian dictionary of biography, Vol. 7, 1979 and Australian Encyclopaedia, Vol 2, p. 25)