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Appoline Alexander Blair
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Birth: Sep. 14, 1828, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1908, USA

Wife of Major General Francis P. Blair, Jr
Apolline Alexander Blair, widow of Civil War general and later Senator Francis P. Blair, Jr., was the organizer and first president of the St. Louis Children's Hospital Board of Managers. In the winter of 1878, Blair gathered a group of 20 prominent women to discuss the plight of poor, sick children. Having lost two children to infectious illness, Blair was especially aware of the need for hospital care for children. Though there were established hospitals to care for the poor, children were excluded because the hospitals lacked the staff and facilities to care for them. Blair proposed to her friends that they begin a fund drive to establish a children's hospital to provide medical and nursing care for needy children. They organized themselves into a Board of Managers and raised $4,500 to purchase a building at 2834 Franklin Avenue. The certificate of incorporation that was filed on May 6, 1879 named only women: Apolline Blair, Mary W. McKittrick, Caroline B. Treat, Margaret H. DeWolf, Rebecca Webb, Cherrell W. Parker, Virginia E. Stevenson, and M. Louise Norris. The hospital opened on October 29, 1879. Blair led the Board of Managers until 1883. She continued to serve on the Board, often as an officer, until her death in 1908 at the age of 80.

Family links: 
  Francis Preston Blair (1821 - 1875)
  Andrew Alexander Blair (1848 - 1932)*
  Christine Biddle Blair Graham (1852 - 1915)*
  James Lawrence Blair (1854 - 1904)*
  Francis Preston Blair (1856 - 1914)*
  Cary Montgomery Blair (1867 - 1944)*
  Eveline M Blair (1870 - 1876)*
  William Alexander Blair (1873 - 1898)*
*Calculated relationship
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 13, Lot 298
Created by: David Laughtin
Record added: May 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8757722
Appoline <i>Alexander</i> Blair
Added by: David Laughtin
Appoline <i>Alexander</i> Blair
Added by: David Laughtin
Appoline <i>Alexander</i> Blair
Added by: David Laughtin
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