Francis Preston Blair Lee
|Also Known As:||"Sr."|
|Birthplace:||Silver Springs, Montgomery, Virginia|
|Death:||Died in Norwood, Maryland|
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About Blair Lee I, U.S. Senator
Francis Preston Blair Lee (August 9, 1857 – December 25, 1944) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland from 1914 to 1917. He was also the great-grandson of American patriot Richard Henry Lee, and grandfather of former Maryland Governor Blair Lee III. Lee was named after his maternal grandfather Francis Preston Blair.
Lee was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended the common schools in the area. He was the son of Samuel Phillips Lee and his wife, the former Elizabeth Blair. He graduated from Princeton University in 1880 and from the law department of Columbian (now George Washington) University in 1882. He was admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia and of Montgomery County, Maryland in 1883 and commenced practice in Maryland.
Lee was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifty-fifth Congress in 1896. He was, however, elected to the Maryland State Senate, and served from 1905 to 1913. In 1911, Lee ran for the position of Governor of Maryland, but was defeated by Democratic rival Phillips Lee Goldsborough.
Following his defeat in the gubernatorial election, Lee was elected to the United States Senate on November 4, 1913, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of senator Isidor Rayner. He presented his credentials to serve as senator on December 5, 1913, but he did not qualify until January 28, 1914. While senator, Lee was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department, and a member of the Committee on Coast Defenses (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses). He was unsuccessful in his bid for re-election in 1916.
Lee resumed the practice of law after he left the Senate. He died in Montgomery County, Maryland and is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.