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BLAIKIE, William, athlete, born in York, Livingston County, New York, 24 May 1843. He was graduated at Harvard in 1866, and at Harvard law school in 1868. In the following year he accompanied the Harvard crew to England as their secretary and treasurer. After a year as pardon clerk in the attorney general's office at Washington, and two years as assistant in the United States attorney's office in New York, he entered into active practice in the latter city in January 1873. For eight years he was commissioner of the United States court of claims. Mr. Blaikie is widely known for the interest he has taken in athletic sports and in physical training. He has written largely, and lectured on the subject, and has published "How to Get Strong, and How to Stay So" (New York, 1879), and "Sound Bodies for our Boys and Girls" (1884).
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