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Blair, James

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Born: 1655 AD
Died: 1743 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Clergymen, Educators

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American (Scottish-born) Anglican clergyman and educator

 

1656 - James Blair was born in Banffshire, Scotland, one of five children of Robert Blair, a clergyman.

 

Educated at Marischal College, University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.

 

1679 - He was ordained in the national Church of Scotland.

 

1681 - Deprived of his parish in Edinburgh due to the conflict within the Episcopalian movement.

 

1685 - Became ordained in the Church of England.

 

1693-1743 - He was the main founder and 1st president of College of William and Mary.

 

Served as a member and for a time, president of the Governor's Council in Virginia.

 

1710 - Rector of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg.

 

1711 - Organized the construction of the now-historic church building

 

1722 - Published Our Savior's Divine Sermon on the Mount.

 

1727 - Published "The Present State of Virginia and the College".

 

1743 - James Blair died on 18th of April and was buried next to his wife Sarah Blair at Jamestown Island.

 

 

 

 


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