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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blair, James, 1656-1743 (search)
Blair, James, 1656-1743 Educator; born in Scotland in 1656; was sent to Virginia as a missionary in 1865 and in 1692 obtained the charter of William and Mary College, of which he was the first president. He published The state of his Majesty's colony in Virginia, in 1727. He died in Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 1, 1743.<
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
84 Many persons engaged in the rebellion of the Duke of Monmouth transported to Virginia......1685 Governor Effingham embarks for England, and the Assembly sends Colonel Ludwell to lay the grievances of the colony before the English government......1688 Huguenots of France first come to Virginia......1690 Francis Nicholson, formerly governor of New York, appointed governor of Virginia......June 3, 1690 First Assembly under William and Mary at Jamestown......April, 1691 Rev. James Blair obtains from William and Mary a charter for William and Mary College at Williamsburg......February, 1692 Sir Edmund Andros, formerly governor of New York and New England, succeeds Nicholson as governor of Virginia......February, 1692 Francis Nicholson again governor of Virginia......November, 1698 Williamsburg settled......1699 First commencement at William and Mary College......1700 Williamsburg made the capital......1700 Edward Nott appointed lieutenant-governor...
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), William and Mary, College of (search)
William and Mary, College of The second of the higher institutions of learning established in the English-American colonies. An effort was made in 1619 to establish a college in Virginia, but the massacre in 1622 put an end to the enterprise. In 1660-61 the General Assembly of Virginia passed an act for the establishment and endowment of a college, and in 1693 a charter was obtained from the crown of England, chiefly through the efforts of Rev. James Blair and of Lieutenant-Governor Nicholson. It was named William and Mary, in compliment to the ruling sovereigns, who made appropriations for its support. Buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren were erected at the Middle Plantation, which was named Williamsburg. The first college edifice was destroyed by fire in 1705 and was rebuilt soon afterwards. The General Assembly and individuals made liberal gifts to the institution from time to time, and in 1776 it was the wealthiest William and Mary College in 1723. college in Am