Gen. James Blair, US Congress

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James Blair

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
Immediate Family:

Son of William Blair; William Blair; Sarah Jennie Blair and Sarah Blair
Husband of Charlotte Blair
Father of Lovick William Rochelle Blair and Lovick William Rochelle Blair
Brother of Mary Bell; George Douglass Blair; Jane Blair; Dorcas Blair; William Blair and 1 other

Occupation: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, planter
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About Gen. James Blair, US Congress

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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.

I would think he's actually buried at the family cemetery in SC : findagrave - Blair Family Cemetery, SC.... ; findagrave - Congressional Cemetery, Washingto DC... ;

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Gen. James Blair, US Congress's Timeline

September 26, 1786
Lancaster Co., SC, USA
July 10, 1821
Age 34
Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States
July 20, 1821
Age 34
Red Oak Camp, Kershaw County, South Carolina
April 1, 1834
Age 47
Washington City
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States