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Benjamin Blake Minor, American lawyer, educator. member Va.


Minor, Benjamin Blake was born on October 21, 1818 in Tappahannock Essex Company, Virginia, United States. Son of Doctor Hubbard Taylor and Jane (Blake) Minor.


Graduated from the University of Virginia, 1838. William and Mary, Bachelor of Laws, 1839 (Doctor of Laws, University of Missouri).


James H. Otey, Doctor of Divinity, P.E. bishop of Tennessee, May 26, 1842. Lawyer in Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia, from 1840. Editor Southern Literary Messenger, 1843-1847.

Vice president Commercial Convention, Memphis, Tennessee, 1845. Principal Virginia Female Institute, Staunton, 1847. Founded, 1848, Home School for Young Ladies’ Richmond.

Practiced law, Richmond, 1848-1860. President State University of Missouri, 1860. Principal Female Seminary, St. Louis, 1865.

Later for some years in life insurance business. After 1870 lectured on astronomy and the Bible. Returned to Richmond, 1889.

Edited new editions of “Wythe’s Chancery Reports” (with memoir), and of Hening and Munford’s “Virginia Reports.” Life member Virginia History Society. Secretary Virginia African Colonization Society. Now secretary Virginia Society Sons American Revolution.

Also engaged in study and in literary writing for the press. Home: Richmond, Va.


Member Va.


Married Virginia Maury, d.

Doctor Hubbard Taylor Minor

Jane (Blake) Minor

Virginia Maury