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Sheriff George Walker Blair, Sr.

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29th Sheriff of Chatham County

29th Sheriff of Chatham County

Served: Dec 1920-Dec 1932

Appointed/Elected: Elected

Age taking office: 34

Population: 23, 814 in 1920/ 24, 177 in 1930

Birth date: June 2, 1886

Birth place: Hickory Mountain, Chatham County, NC

Died: February 27, 1964

Buried: PITTSBORO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH located in the Town of Pittsboro, Center Township on the southeast corner of West Street, US 64, and Fayetteville Street, one block west of Courthouse in Chatham County, NC. 


Mother: Elizabeth Brooks, b 1855 d. 1911

Father: John Randolph Blair, b. 1861 d. 1928

Wife: Audrey Womble, b. October, 14, 1888, d. March 28, 1975

Children: Audrey Blair, Henry Kime Blair, Elizabeth Blair Burgess, George Walker Blair, Jr., Adelaide Blair Farmer


Tenure Notables


The Great Depression of 1929.

Sheriff Blair is reported by his family to be the first person to use plaster mold of tire impressions in North Carolina to help solve a murder in Durham where the body was thrown in the river at Avent's Ferry Bridge in Chatham County. 

Deputy John Burns is credited with saving Sherrif Blair's life.  Deputy Burns shot a man, who had a gun pointed "ready to shoot" Sheriff Blair. 

When the coal mine exploded in southern Chatham County, sherif Blair and his deputies spent long hours helping.

Lacy Johnson was the only full time deputy for Sheriff Blair. 


Military Experience


Other Offices


Sherff Blair was a farmer, dairy famer, merchant, and building contractor. 

Sheriff Blair built the Blair Hotel in the Courthouse Circle in 1917, where he and his family lived and ran the hotel. 

Sheriff Blair also worked for the Federal Land Bank.