Blount, William, 1749-1800

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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

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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

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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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creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. ALS, 1795, January 23, Knoxville [Tennessee], to David Henley, agent of the Department of War. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. William Blount papers, 1794-1796. Newberry Library
referencedIn Overton, John, 1766-1833. John Overton papers, 1790-1840 [microfilm manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. [Document] 1795 Jan. 19, Knoxville / Wm. Blount. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Vol. CCXC (ff. 213). May-July 1853.includes:ff. 1, 70 Henry Hayman, canon of Carlisle and headmaster of Rugby: Correspondence with W. E. Gladstone: 1851-1892.ff. 3, 105, 107 Thomas Babington Macaulay, Baron Macaulay: Correspondence with W. E. Gla... British Library
referencedIn United States. War Dept. Timothy Pickering letters, 1795-1798, bulk 1795. Newberry Library
referencedIn Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816. Benjamin Hawkins papers, 1790-1813 Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Andrew Ellicott Papers, 1777-1829 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn United States. Army. Pay Dept. Chase papers: records, 1791-1870. New Hampshire Historical Society Library
referencedIn Mountflorence, James Cole. Letter, 1793 January 22, Norfolk, [Virginia] to Thomas Jefferson, n.p. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part I: The Revolution and the Administration, 1669-1958. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Tazewell family. Papers, 1756-1931. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. William Blount letter : to General Smith, 1793 June 15. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Washington, George, 1732-1799. George Washington and the Blount conspiracy : autographed letters and documents, 1797. New-York Historical Society
creatorOf William Blount letters to John Sevier, 1796, 1797 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Holstonian, pseudonym. Letter : to Mr. Claypole / by Holstonian, 1791 Aug 16. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Caldwell collection, 1795-1919. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Colgate, Craig. Collection regarding the Blount Conspiracy, 1797. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Steele, John, 1764-1815. John Steele papers, 1716-1846 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. Letter : Philadelphia, Pa., to John Sevier, Knoxville, Tenn., 1797 June 1. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Caldwell, Mary Emily French, 1896-1982. Collection, ca. 1930-1940. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
referencedIn Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826. Isaac Shelby papers, 1784-1816. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Ashe, John Baptista, 1748-1802. Letter : New York [N.Y.], to His Excellency, Richard Caswell esquire, 1787 Aug. 16. Newberry Library
referencedIn McKee, John, 1771-1832. Papers of John McKee, circa 1792-1825. Library of Congress
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. DS, 1795 July 21, Knoxville [Tennessee], to David Henley, Agent of the Department of War. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn United States. Congress. House. Committee on Impeachment of William Blount. Articles exhibited by the House of Representatives of the United States, in the name of themselves and all the people of the United States, against William Blount : in maintenance and support of their impeachment against him for high crimes and misdemeanors. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Green, Samuel, 1767-1837. Samuel Green papers, 1793-1842. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. LS, 1793 June 6 : Knoxville, to His Excellency Governor Shelly. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
referencedIn Masterson, William H. William H. Masterson collection, 1966-1979. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
referencedIn Lovely, William L. Letter : Tellico, [Tenn.], to Col. David Henley, Knoxville, [Tenn.], 1796 Apr. 5. Newberry Library
referencedIn Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio. Governor (1790-1796 : Blount). Report to Henry Knox regarding preparations for war by Cherokee Indians : Knoxville, Southwest Territory, 1792 Oct 7. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Irwin, Jared, 1750-1818. Papers, 1783-1855. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Witherspoon, John, 1723-1794. ALS, 1787 Feb. 19, Tusculum, N.J., to William Blount and Benjamin Hawkins, [Philadelphia?]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Dallas, Alexander James, 1759-1817. Letter, 1798 Feb. 3, [to] Rob[er]t E. Griffith. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Henley, David, 1749-1823. Papers, 1791-1800. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. William Blount papers, 1783-1823. Library of Congress
referencedIn Grant British Library
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. Letter : Philadelphia, Pa., to John Sevier, Knoxville, Ky., 1797 June 1. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Corbitt, James S. James S. Corbitt autograph collection, 1787-1976. University of Tennessee Martin, Paul Meek Library
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. Draper manuscripts: Tennessee papers, 1771-1883. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn Vol. CCXXXII (ff. 340). 27-31 Jan. 1835.includes:f. 1 Archibald Allson, 1st Baronet; historian: 1852. Correspondence with Sir R. Peel: 1834-1842. f. 3 Henry Hervey Baber, philologist; Keeper of Printed Books, British Museum: Letter to Sir R. Peel: 18... British Library
creatorOf Blount, William, 1749-1800. Warrant, 9 July 1794. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Lease British Library
referencedIn Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio. Governor (1790-1796 : Blount). Report to Henry Knox regarding preparations for war by Cherokee Indians : Knoxville, Southwest Territory, 1792 Oct 7. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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correspondedWith Allison, David person
associatedWith Ashe, John Baptista, 1748-1802. person
associatedWith Blount, Thomas, 1759-1812. person
associatedWith Blount, Willie, 1768-1835. person
associatedWith Butler-Gunsaulus Collection (University of Chicago. Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Caldwell, Mary Emily French, 1896-1982. person
associatedWith Colgate, Craig. person
associatedWith Corbitt, James S. person
associatedWith Dallas, Alexander James, 1759-1817. person
associatedWith Dana, Francis, 1743-1811. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Ellicott, Andrew, 1754-1820 person
associatedWith Green, Samuel, 1767-1837. person
correspondedWith Hart, Thomas, d. 1808 person
correspondedWith Hawkins, Benjamin, 1754-1816 person
correspondedWith Hays, Robert person
correspondedWith Haywood, John, 1762-1826 person
associatedWith Henley, David. person
associatedWith Henley, David, 1749-1823. person
correspondedWith Holland, James, 1754-1823 person
associatedWith Holstonian, pseudonym. person
associatedWith Irwin, Jared, 1750-1818. person
correspondedWith Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845 person
associatedWith Lovely, William L. person
associatedWith Marshall, John, 1755-1835. person
correspondedWith Martin, Wyly person
associatedWith Masterson, William H. person
correspondedWith McKee, John, 1771-1832. person
associatedWith Miller, Pleasant Moorman, d. 1849. person
associatedWith Mountflorence, James Cole. person
associatedWith Newberry Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Overton, John, 1766-1833. person
correspondedWith Pickens, Andrew, 1739-1817 person
associatedWith Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth, 1746-1825. person
correspondedWith Pitchlynn, John, ca. 1756-1835 person
correspondedWith Robertson, James, 1742-1814 person
correspondedWith Sevier, John, 1745-1815 person
associatedWith Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826. person
associatedWith Shelly, Isaac, 1750-1826. person
associatedWith Steele, John, 1764-1815. person
associatedWith Suna, Peter. person
associatedWith Tazewell family. family
associatedWith Tennessee. Militia corporateBody
associatedWith Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio. Governor (1790-1796 : Blount) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. Army. Pay Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. Committee on Impeachment of William Blount. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Southern Indian Dept. corporateBody
correspondedWith United States. War Dept. corporateBody
correspondedWith Williamson, Hugh, 1735-1819 person
associatedWith Witherspoon, John, 1723-1794. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Tennessee--Knoxville
County Durham, England
France
Perthshire, Scotland
Southwest, Old
Tennessee
Bury, Lancashire
Plastowe, Derbyshire
Tennessee
North Carolina
Territory of the United States, South of the River Ohio
Douvebrigge, Derbyshire
United States
Scotland, United Kingdom
United States
Tennessee
France
Wakebrugge, Derbyshire
United States
United States
United States
United States
Boylestone, Derbyshire
Parts of Lindsey, Lincolnshire
Barton, Nottinghamshire
Subject
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
Occupation
Governors--Tennessee
Indian agents
Delegates, U.S. Continental Congress--North Carolina
Senators, U.S. Congress--Tennessee
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Birth 1749-04-06

Death 1800-03-21

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