Blackburn, Joseph Clay Styles. Lawyer, legislator. Born in Woodford County, KY, October 1, 1838. Graduate of Centre College, Danville, KY, 1857. Admitted to bar 1858; practiced in Chicago until Civil War broke out. Served in Confederate States Army; after war, practiced law in Kentucky legislature, 1871-75; member of Congress, 1875-85; United States senator, 1885-97; again elected, January 1901, for term 1901-07. Member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, 1907-10. Died 1918.