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Post by taixyz1992 on Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:13 pm

The first settler on the grounds of the present house was Robertson Graham, who began farming there in 1817. He inhabited the land for a short time, selling it to the town of Bloomington in 1819.[2] Construction of the Blair-Dunning House was a gradual process that lasted from 1822 to 1845,[3]:3 costing approximately $1,200.[4] Its builder and first resident, Enos Blair, was one of Monroe County's most prominent citizens: among the area's first settlers, he served as the first jailer for the city of Bloomington and later held the offices of sheriff and Justice of the peace. Blair died in 1845; over the next twenty years, the house passed through many hands, including those of state representatives Elias Abel and Ransom Akin.[3]:3

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