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William Blount


William Blount was born in North Carolina in 1749. Rising to distinction as a lawyer and statesman, he was sent as a delegate to the convention which framed the federal constitution. In 1790 he was appointed governor of the territory south of the Ohio. In 1796 he was chosen president of the convention of Tennessee. He was afterward elected by that State to a seat in the United States senate, but was expelled in July, 1797, for having instigated the Indians to assist the British in conquering the Spanish territories near the United States. He died at Knoxville, Tennessee, in March, 1800.

Source: Marshall, James V. The United States Manual of Biography and History. Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856. Page 181. (Some corrections have been made.)


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