|Birth: ||Nov. 10, 1835|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 1909|
New Jersey, USA
Classical scholar and educator. The second of three children of Walter Dabney Blair and Louisa Edmonia Wills Blair. His father was a prosperous merchant and social leader. His father's father was John Durburrow Blair,a noted minister. Walter graduated from Hampden-Sydney College,second in his class in 1855. He stayed on as an instuctor and became a professor of languages. In 1860 he took a leave of absence to study in Germany. He returned to Virginia in 1862 to join the Richmond Howitzers artillery unit engaging in the Civil War. He became a sergeant major and saw considerable action, but escaped injury. After the war he resumed teaching at Hampden-Sydney. He was a devoted instructor and published important works on the Latin language. Walter Blair was regarded by his acqauintances as a Virginia gentleman. He taught without interuption until 1896, when he retired because of failing eyesight. He moved with his family to Richmond in 1899.
Walter Blair married Ellen Donnell Smith of Baltimore on April 27th, 1874.They had one child,Ellen Donnell Codrington Blair.
Walter Dabney Blair (1797 - 1878)
Louisa Edmonia Wills Blair (1804 - 1886)
Ellen Donnell Smith Blair (1837 - 1918)
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Feb 16, 2002
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