James Blair Statue, Dedicated 1993

The Reverend James Blair, A.M. (1655-1748) was the founding president of William & Mary. A statue of James Blair was installed between Tyler Hall and Blair Hall during Homecoming Week 1993 as part of the William and Mary’s Tercentenary celebration. The statue was sculpted by Lewis Cohen, professor of art and art history at William & Mary.

James Blair was born in Banffshire, Scotland and educated at Marischal College (University of Aberdeen). Blair was president of the university from its founding in 1693 until his death on April 18, 1743. While president of William & Mary, Blair also served as rector of Bruton Parish Church. As commissary of the Bishop of London, James Blair had a tremendous influence on the established Virginia church.

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James Blair Statue, 2015

James Blair Statue, 2015

A photograph from 2015 of the James Blair Statue. Blow Hall is visible in the background. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Blair Statue construction, circa 1992

Blair Statue construction, circa 1992

Photograph of the James Blair statue under construction in a work space. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

James Blair Statue, undated

James Blair Statue, undated

An undated image of the James Blair statue, located between James Blair Hall and Tyler Hall. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

Photograph of James Blair Portrait, undated

Photograph of James Blair Portrait, undated

Photograph of an oil painting of James Blair, founder and first President of William & Mary from 1693-1743. by J. Hargreaves in 1705. | Source: University Archives Photograph Collection, UA 8. | Creator: College of William and Mary. View File Details Page

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Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary., “James Blair Statue, Dedicated 1993,” TribeTrek, accessed June 23, 2017, http://tribetrek.wm.edu/items/show/13.
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