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 Appoline <I>Alexander</I> Blair

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Appoline Alexander Blair

  • Birth 14 Sep 1828 USA
  • Death 5 Sep 1908 USA
  • Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Plot Block 13, Lot 298
  • Memorial ID 8757722

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.



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  • Created by: David Laughtin
  • Added: 15 May 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8757722
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Appoline Alexander Blair (14 Sep 1828–5 Sep 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8757722, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by David Laughtin (contributor 46499783) .