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BLACKBURN, Joseph Clay Styles, United States senator, born in Woodford county, Kentucky, 1 October 1838. He was graduated at Center College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1857, studied law with George born Kincaid in Lexington, Kentucky, was admitted to the bar in 1858, and practiced in Chicago till 1860, when he returned to his native county. He entered the Confederate army in 1861, and served through the war. In 1865 he resumed the practice of law, and in 1871-'3 was in the Kentucky legislature. In 1875 he entered congress as a Democrat. He was reelected in 1876, 1878, 1880, and 1882, and became United States senator in 1885.*His half-brother, Luke (1816-'87), was governor of Kentucky in 1879.
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