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  Blount, William
NameWilliam Blount
Pitt County, North Carolina , United States
Born March 26, 1749
DiedMarch 21, 1800 (50 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedThomas Walker
Jan 23, 2006 12:18pm
InfoNorth Carolinian William Blount fought in the Revolutionary War, and remained in public service for the rest of his career. A delegate in both the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, he was described by a fellow delegate as "no speaker, nor does he possess any of those talents that make Men shine; - he is plain, honest, and sincere."
After actively seeking the position of Governor of the western territory south of the Ohio River, Blount was awarded the position by President George Washington in 1790; the position of Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the Southern Department automatically accompanied the position of Governor. By 1796, the southern territories' population had grown to the point that a new state -- Tennessee -- requested admission to the union, and Blount served as the first United States Senator from the state (1796). However, he was eventually expelled from the Senate for plotting with the British to attack Spanish Florida and Louisiana, in the hope of gaining new land for Tennessee.

William Blount, 1790-1795, Democrat (territorial governor). Born in North Carolina in 1749,
Blount served in the Continental Congress 1783-1784 and 1786-1787. In 1790, President Washington
appointed him governor of the newly formed Territory South of the River Ohio, formerly part of
North Carolina. While governor, Blount was also Indian affairs superintendent and negotiated,
among others, the Treaty of the Holston with the Cherokees. His new government faced formidable
problems, intensified by conflicts created by European/Indian contact. In 1795, Blount called a
constitutional convention to organize the state, and Tennessee entered the Union the next year.
Blount represented the new state in the U.S. Senate, and after expulsion from that body on a conspiracy
charge, served in the state senate. He died in 1800.



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Father Jacob Blount 0000-
Brother Thomas Blount 1759-1812
Brother Willie Blount 1768-1835
Nephew William Grainger Blount 1784-1827

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