Blair, Henry William at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
U.S. politician. Born in Campton, N.H., he practiced law from 1859 and served in the state legislature before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1875-79) and Senate (1879-91). In 1876 he proposed to give revenues from the sale of public lands to the nation's schools, and in 1881 he proposed a $120 million grant to the states to "vitalize" their schools; neither effort succeeded. He also advocated women's rights and racial justice.