A Guide to the William Cochran Blair Papers, 1842, 1879
William Cochran Blair (1791-1873) was a Presbyterian missionary, minister, and educator. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1821, he spent 8 years with the Chickasaw Indians, and then acted as missionary in Latin America. Once settling in Victoria, Texas, in 1840, he helped organize the Presbytery of the Brazos and a local church. Mexican army and Comanche Indian invasions forced Blair's family, including his wife Sarah (Mueller) Blair, to flee the area several times. He further helped establish Aranama College and Austin College, later moving to Port Lavaca to preach until his death.
Reference: Kelly, Louise. "Blair, William Cochran."Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbl11.html (accessed September 23, 2008).
Photocopies of two letters. The first, from Blair at Egypt, Texas, to Walter Losorie, March 18, 1842, describes Blair's flight from the approaching Mexican army. The other, from Anna George to President Hayes, July 7, 1879, requests a pension for Blair's widow.
William Cochran Blair Papers, 1842, 1879, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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