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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Blair, John, 1732-1800 (search)
Blair, John, 1732-1800 Jurist; born in Williamsburg, Va., in 1732; was educated at the College of William and Mary; studied law at the Temple, London; soon rose to the first rank as a lawyer; was a member of the House of Burgesses as early as 1765, and was one of the dissolved Virginia Assembly who met at the Raleigh Tavern, in the summer of 1774, and drafted the Virginia non-importation agreement. He was one of the committee who, in June, 1776, drew up the plan for the Virginia State government, and in 1777 was elected a judge of the Court of Appeals; then chief-justice, and, in 1780, a judge of the High Court of Chancery. he was one of the framers of the national Constitution; and, in 1789. Washington appointed him a judge of the United States Supreme Court. He resigned his seat on the bench of that court in 1796, and died in Williamsburg, Va., Aug. 31, 1800.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Constitution of the United States (search)
haniel Gorham, Rufus King. Connecticut. Wm. Saml. Johnson, Roger Sherman. New York. Alexander Hamilton. New Jersey. Wil: Livingston, David Brearley, Wm. Paterson, Jona: Dayton. Pennsylvania. B. Franklin, Thomas Mifflin, Robt. Morris, Geo. Clymer, Thomas Fitzsimons, Jared Ingersoll, James Wilson, Gouv. Morris. Delaware. Geo: Read, Jaco: Broom, John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, Gunning Bedford, Jun. Maryland. James Mchenry, Danl. Carroll, Dan of St. Thos. Jenifer. Virginia. John Blair, James Madison, Jr. North Carolina. Wm. Blount, Hugh Williamson, Richd. Dobbs Spaight. South Carolina. J. Rutledge, Charles Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Pierce Butler. Georgia. William Few, Abr. Baldwin. Attest: William Jackson, Secretary. Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The following amendments were proposed at the first session of the First Congress of the United States, which was begun and held at the city of New York on the 4th of March, 1
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Federal convention, the. (search)
erson, John Neilson, William Livingston, Abraham Clark, and Jonathan Dayton; Pennsylvania—Thomas Mifflin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, Jared Ingersoll, Thomas Fitzsimons, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris, and Benjamin Franklin; Delaware—George Read, Gunning Bedford, Jr., John Dickinson, Richard Bassett, and Jacob Broom; Maryland—James McHenry, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, Daniel Carroll, John Francis Mercer, and Luther Martin; Virginia—George Washington, Patrick Henry, Edmund Randolph, John Blair, James Madison, Jr., George Mason, and George Wythe. Patrick Henry having declined the appointment, George McClure was nominated to supply his place; North Carolina—Richard Caswell, Alexander Martin, William Richardson Davie, Richard Dobbs Spaight, and Willie Jones. Richard Caswell having resigned, William Blount was appointed a deputy in his place. Willie Jones having also declined his appointment, his place was supplied by Hugh Williamson; South Carolina— John Rutledge, Charles P
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Haines's Bluff. (search)
Haines's Bluff. At this point on the Yazoo River there were stirring military events preparatory to the siege of Vicksburg. General Sherman, with the 15th Corps, had been operating in the Yazoo region, and when Grant determined to change his base of supplies to Grand Gulf, below Vicksburg, Sherman was ordered to make a feint against Haines's Bluff, which the Nationals had been unable to pass. On the morning of April 29, 1863, he proceeded from Milliken's Bend, with Blair's division, in ten steamboats, and armored and other gunboats, and went up the Yazoo. On the morning of May 6 the armored gunboats assailed the fortifications at Haines's Bluff, and in the evening Blair's troops were landed, as if with the intention of making an attack. The bombardment was kept up until dark, when the troops were quietly re-embarked. The assault and menace were repeated the next (lay, when Sherman received an order from Grant to hasten with his troops down the west side of the Mississippi an
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Supreme Court, United States (search)
party; to controversies between two or more States, between a State and citizens of another State, between citizens of different States, between citizens of the same State claiming lands under grants of different States, and be- Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Service. Name.Term.Years.Born.Died. John Jay, New York.1789-95617451829 John Rutledge, South Carolina1789-91217391800 William Cushing, Massachusetts1789-18102117331810 James Wilson, Pennsylvania1789-98917421798 John Blair, Virginia1789-96717321800 Robert H. Harrison, Maryland1789-90117451790 James Iredell, North Carolina1790-99917511799 Thomas Johnson, Maryland1791-93217321819 William Paterson, New Jersey1793-18061317451806 John Rutledge, South Carolina1795-95..17391800 Samuel Chase, Maryland1796-18111517411811 Oliver Ellsworth, Connecticut1796-1800417451807 Bushrod Washington, Virginia1798-18293117621829 Alfred Moore, North Carolina1799-1804517551810 John Marshall, Virginia1801-353417551835 Will
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Virginia, (search)
lows Washington £ 300 as a compensation for his losses at the battle of Monongahela......August, 1754 Washington visits Governor Shirley at Boston to deliver to him a memorial from the officers of the Virginia regiment asking King's commissions, and also to acquaint himself with the governor's military plans......February-March, 1756 Winchester, incorporated 1752, the only settlement not deserted west of the Blue Ridge......1756 Gov. Robert Dinwiddie retires......January, 1758 [John Blair, president of the council, acting governor.] Francis' Fauquier, appointed governor, arrives......June 7, 1758 Gen. John Forbes's expedition against Fort Duquesne......July, 1758 Washington commands a regiment, and from it garrisons Fort Pitt, then considered within the jurisdiction of Virginia. He marches back to Winchester and takes his seat in the Assembly, resigning his commission after more than five years continuous service......December, 1758 He marries Martha, widow of
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Vicksburg, siege of (search)
t was holding a line about 20 miles in extent—from the Yazoo to the Mississippi at Warrenton. He prepared to storm the batteries on the day after the arrival of his troops before them. It was begun by Sherman's corps in the afternoon of May 19, Blair's division taking the lead. There had been artillery firing all the morning; now there was close work. The Nationals, after a severe struggle, were repulsed. Grant engaged Commodore Porter to assist in another assault on the 22d. All night playing upon the city and the works, and sent three gunboats to shell the water-batteries. It was a fearful night for Vicksburg, but the next day was more fearful still. At 10 A. M. on the 22d Grant's whole line moved to the attack. As before, Blair led the van, and very soon there was a general battle. At two different points the right was repulsed. Finally McClernand, on the left, sent word that he held two captured forts. Then another charge upon the works by a part of Sherman's troops
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), William and Mary, College of (search)
as again accidentally burned. From 1861 to 1865 the losses of the college, in buildings and endowments, were about $125,000. In 1869 the main building was substantially restored, the faculty was reorganized, and the college was reopened for students. In 1900 it reported fifteen professors and instructors, 192 students, 10,000 volumes in the library, grounds and buildings valued at $125,000, and productive funds aggregating $127,900. On Oct. 22, 1901, a tablet, erected to the memory of John Blair, the founder and first president of William and Mary College, and to the seventeen Virginia gentlemen who were his associates in the establishment of the institution in 1693, was unveiled by the Colonial Dames of Virginia. The tablet is of Florentine marble, fashioned in a style to correspond with the date of the foundation of the college. The armorial bearings awarded the college by the college of heralds of England are placed upon the tablet. William and Mary is the only American c
r many weeks have been confined to corn-meal, bacon, and occasional issues of fresh beef. The grumbling in their army on account of the scanty supply-table has been both loud and deep. About a mile of track was found destroyed near the city. Our indefatigable construction corps relaid it in a few hours. and at ten o'clock this morning two trains arrived, emptying their fiery lungs, as they thundered through the city to the depot, of one fierce, long-protracted, salutatory shriek, Captain John Blair's anaconda of bread and bacon, which follows up our conquests so closely that it has, figuratively speaking, been repeatedly ordered off the skirmish line, is ready to lard the lean depots of Atlanta with the riches of the United States supply-table. Just think of the aroma of coffee floating around the starveling atmosphere of the military store-houses of the Gate City, which are redolent now of musty corn-meal, rusty bacon, mingled with a vile, indefinable odor of general decay, whi
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 36. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.6 (search)
society was adopted. In importance to the world it far exceeded the significance of Magna Charta granted by King John at Runnymede. The delegates ip the general convention from Virginia were George Washington, Patrick Henry, Edmund Randolph, John Blair, James Madison, George Mason, George Wythe. Henry declined the appointment and Richard Henry Lee was appointed in his stead, but he also declined, and Dr. James McClurg, who lies buried in St. John's churchyard, was then appointed. This constitution was signed and recommended only by Washington, Blair and Madison, a minority of the delegation. During the debates in the Convention, when Henry was twitted for shirking this responsibility, he made the undignified reply that He smelt a rat. Pendleton was a man of pure and benevolent character, was known and honored throughout the Commonwealth, had been in the public councils for years. He subsequently filled the chair of Speaker of the House of Delegates and presided for a quarter o
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