John Lauris BLAKE, Congress, NJ (1831-1899)


BLAKE, John Lauris, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Boston, Mass., March 25, 1831; received a classical education; moved to Orange, N.J., in 1846; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Orange, N.J.; member of the State house of assembly in 1857; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; elected as a Republican to the Forty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1881); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of his profession in Orange; became president of the Citizensâ Gas Light Co. of Newark, N.J., in 1893; died in West Orange, Essex County, N.J., October 10, 1899; interment in Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, N.J.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present