, Tennessee , United States
|| April 18, 1768
|| September 10, 1835
|Last Modifed||Thomas Walker|
Jun 07, 2005 12:11pm
|Info||Willie Blount (April 18, 1768 - September 10, 1835) served as Governor of Tennessee from 1809 to 1815. He was the half-brother of William Blount, representative of North Carolina to the Continental Congress and governor of the Southwest Territory. |
A native of North Carolina, Willie Blount studied at Princeton and Columbia. He later was admitted to the North Carolina bar. In 1790, he moved to the Southwest Territory and served as his half-brother's private secretary. When Tennessee was admitted as a state in 1796, he was one of its first judges, and in 1807 was elected to the state legislature. He was elected governor in 1809, and served three terms, until 1815. During his governorship, he supported the War of 1812. He also sent Tennessee militia to Alabama Territory when the latter was essentially defenseless before attacks by American Indians.
He attempted a political comeback in 1827, running for governor again, but was defeated by Samuel Houston. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention in 1834, which drafted a new document to replace the one in effect since the state had been admitted in 1796, and which has many similarites to the 1870 constitution which is still in effect. One of the chief differences from its predecessor was considerably greater powers being granted to the executive branch generally and the governor in particular.
Blount County, Alabama is named in his honor for his willingness to send the Tennessee millitia into a neighbouring territory.