Blount, William, 1749-1800

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1749-04-06
Death 1800-03-21

Biographical notes:

Epithet: of Add MS 40412

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000987.0x00023e

Epithet: lord Mountjoy

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001084.0x000185

Delegate to the Continental Congress from North Carolina, U.S. senator from and governor of Tennessee, and superintendent of the U.S. Southern Indian Dept.

From the description of William Blount papers, 1783-1823. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979840

Epithet: subject of Wolley Ch vi.57

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000978.0x000116

Governor of the United States territory south of the Ohio River.

From the description of Warrant, 9 July 1794. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 46726231

Blount was a businessman and politician. He served in the North Carolina House of Commons, 1780-1784; delegate from North Carolina to U.S. Continental Congress, 1782-83, 1786-87; delegate from North Carolina to U.S. Constitutional Convention, 1787; member Senate of North Carolina General Assembly, 1788-1790. From 1790-1796 he was the governor of Territory South of the River Ohio. He helped in the formation of the State of Tennessee and was U.S. Senator from there, 1796-1797. He served in the Tennessee Senate, 1798-1799.

From the description of [Document] 1795 Jan. 19, Knoxville / Wm. Blount. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 174547931

Blount was territorial governor of Tennessee, later made senator after Tennessee became a state in 1796. Expelled from Senate in 1797 for his involvement in a plan to attack Spanish Florida and Louisiana, with Indians and frontiersmen in cooperation with a British fleet, so as to transfer those territories to the control of Great Britain.

From the description of William Blount letter : to General Smith, 1793 June 15. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63936687

Epithet: actuary

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000217.0x000051

United States statesman.

William Blount, born in North Carolina, was paymaster for Continental troops in 1777, served in the North Carolina legislature, in the Continental Congress and was a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. He was named governor of the Territory south of the Ohio River by President Washington in 1790, and served as superintendent of Indian affairs in that region from 1790 until 1796. After settling in Tennessee, Blount held several high political offices. This included being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1796, from which he was expelled in 1797 for concocting a plan to incite Creek and Cherokee Indians to aid the British in conquering the Spanish territory of West Florida. Nevertheless, Blount's career in Tennessee was not hampered by the "high misdemeanor," and in 1798 he was elected to the Tennessee State Senate where he was chosen president. While governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount built as mansion in Knoxville, which is now a National Historic Landmark. He died in Knoxville in 1800, aged 50.

From the description of William Blount papers, 1794-1796. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 36376622

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Subjects:

  • Choctaw Indians--Government relations--Sources
  • Cherokee Indians--Government relations--Sources
  • Indians of North America--History--18th century--Sources
  • Indians of North America
  • Land speculation
  • Manuscripts, American
  • Chickasaw Indians--Government relations--Sources
  • Indians of North America--Government relations
  • Indians of North America--Government relations--1789-1869--Sources

Occupations:

  • Governors--Tennessee
  • Indian agents
  • Delegates, U.S. Continental Congress--North Carolina
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--Tennessee

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • Tennessee--Knoxville (as recorded)
  • County Durham, England (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Perthshire, Scotland (as recorded)
  • Southwest, Old (as recorded)
  • Tennessee (as recorded)
  • Bury, Lancashire (as recorded)
  • Plastowe, Derbyshire (as recorded)
  • Tennessee (as recorded)
  • North Carolina (as recorded)
  • Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio (as recorded)
  • Douvebrigge, Derbyshire (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Scotland, United Kingdom (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Tennessee (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)
  • Wakebrugge, Derbyshire (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Boylestone, Derbyshire (as recorded)
  • Parts of Lindsey, Lincolnshire (as recorded)
  • Barton, Nottinghamshire (as recorded)