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James Blair
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1829 – April 1, 1834
Preceded by John Carter
Succeeded by Richard Irvine Manning I
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1821 – May 8, 1822
Preceded by Joseph Brevard
Succeeded by John Carter
Personal details
Born (1786-09-26)September 26, 1786
Waxhaws, Lancaster County, South Carolina
Died April 1, 1834(1834-04-01) (aged 47)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Congressional Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Political party Jacksonian Democratic-Republican (until 1825)
Other political
Jacksonian (after 1825)
Occupation planter

James Blair (September 26, 1786 – April 1, 1834)[1] 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, immigrants from Ireland. He engaged in planting and was also the sheriff of Lancaster District.

Blair was elected as a Democratic-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.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Brevard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Carter
Preceded by
John Carter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard Manning

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