|Birthplace:||Waxhaws District, Lancaster Co., SC, USA|
|Death:||Died in Washington City|
|Cause of death:||shot himself|
|Place of Burial:||Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States|
|Managed by:||Private User|
Historical records matching Gen. James Blair, US Congress
About Gen. James Blair, US Congress
He was a big Scotch Irishman. He was 6'6" tall and weighed 350 pounds. He was known as the Waxhaw Giant.
James Blair (September 26, 1786 – April 1, 1834) was a United States Representative from South Carolina. He was born in the Waxhaw settlement, Lancaster County, South Carolina to Sarah Douglass and William Blair. He engaged in planting and was also the sheriff of Lancaster District.
Blair was elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and served from March 4, 1821, to May 8, 1822, when he resigned. He was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first through Twenty-third Congresses and served from March 4, 1829, until his death in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 1834.
Under date of December 24, 1833, John Quincy Adams records in his diary that Blair "had knocked down and very severely beaten Duff Green, editor of the Telegraph..." Diary (New York, Longmans, Green, 1929) p. 434. He paid "three hundred dollars fine for beating and breaking the bones" of Green. op. cit., p. 450.
Under date of April 2, 1834, John Quincy Adams records in his diary that Blair "shot himself last evening at his lodgings ... after reading part of an affectionate letter from his wife, to Governor Murphy, of Alabama who was alone in the chamber with him, and a fellow-lodger at the same house." op. cit. p. 434.
He was buried in Congressional Cemetery; his tombstone inscription includes his command as General of the South Carolina 5th Militia Brigade.
Gen. James Blair, US Congress's Timeline
September 26, 1786
Lancaster Co., SC, USA
February 6, 1820
South Carolina, USA
July 10, 1821
Red Oak Camp, Kershaw County, South Carolina
April 1, 1834
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States