Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Fifty-Seventh Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 20
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3m Memor y of
Inte i henry lair
Mr. Cotten offered the following resolution:
H. C. R. No. 1, In Memory of Uncle Henry Blair.
Whereas, Uncle Henry Blair, who had served as head porter of the
Texas House of Representatives for sixty-five years, died Thursday,
January 7, 1960, in Austin, Texas, at the age of ninety-one; and
Whereas, This dedicated public servant was beloved by three gener-
ations of Texas politicians, including eighteen Governors, Speaker Sam
Rayburn, Speaker John Nance Garner, and hundreds of Legislators;
Whereas, He was born in Travis County on November 15, 1868,
and followed in the footsteps of his father who served as head porter
in the House of Representatives in the old State Capitol prior to its
Whereas, Uncle Henry was distinguished by his humility, his simple
dignity, his cheerfulness, his Christian attitude, his keen perception of
State government, and his genuine interest in the affairs of the House
of Representatives; and
Whereas, He will be greatly missed in the House during the Fifty-
Seventh Legislature, the first to convene without his presence and
service in more than sixty years; and
Whereas, It is ,the desire of .the Members of the House of Represen-
,tatives and of the Senate to express their esteem and deep regard for
this man who served so long and so faithfully; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, By the House sof Representatives of the State of Texas, the
Senate concurring, That we pay tribute to the memory of Uncle Henry
Blair and express our deepest sympathy to his daughters and sons,
Mrs. Hattie Blair Payne of Austin, Mrs. Willie Madkins of Austin,
Charles Blair of Houston, and George Henry Blair of San Antonio, and
to the two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and six great,
great grandchildren who survive him; and, be it further
Resolved, That when the House and Senate 'adjourns today it do so
in memory of Uncle Henry Blair and that a page in the permanent
House and Senate Journals be set aside in his memory; and, be it
Resolved, That copies of this Resolution be forwarded to his children
as tokens of our respect and sympathy.
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Fifty-Seventh Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1, legislative document, 1961; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193869/m1/24/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.