William Blount

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  • Born

    He was born in Windsor, April sixth, 1749.
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    William Blount

  • Joined a force of Militia

    He didnt like the demands of the Regulators, a loose organization of western citizens who sought a better economy and political strength with the eastern citizens. When these demands turned physical, Blount joined a militia loyal to the governor, which in May 1771 confronted 2,000 mostly unarmed Regulators on the Alamance River.
  • Blount accepted appointment as the regimental paymaster

    a regimental paymaster was not a commissioned officer with command responsibility on the battlefield, Blount served under a warrant on the regimental staff and drew the same pay as a captain.
  • Served in th State Legislature

    Served in th State Legislature
  • 38th. Birthday

    38th. Birthday
  • Delegate to the Constitutional Convention

    Delegate to the Constitutional Convention
    Very little Blount actively participated in the debates at the convention, but he did attend the sessions and signed the new U.S. Constitution.
  • Arrived in Territory

    He moved west in order to protect his vast holdings; his appointment as governor only made the task easier.
  • Called the Cherokee to a Treaty

    Called the Cherokee to a Treaty
    In June 1791, Blount called the Cherokee to a treaty at White’s Fort on the Holston River, The Treaty of the Holston, signed in July, said additional Cherokee land cessions and set a new boundary, resolving the conflict. Even though most Cherokee believed Blount had treated them unfairly.
  • Tennessee was admitted to statehood

    Tennessee was admitted to statehood
    On June 1, 1796, Tennessee was admitted to statehood.
    Blount was no longer governor, but he had an appointment as Senator from Tennessee. He then planned to manipulate land prices in the west.
  • Expelled from Senate

    He arranged for Creek and Cherokee Indians to assist the British in capturing the city from the Spanish. Blount’s plan was discovered, and in August 1797, he was expelled from the Senate.
  • Back to Tennessee

    Blount returned to Tennessee, where he was popular. He was elected to the state senate and served in this until September 1799.
  • Time of sickness

    In March of the following year, William Blount had a chill and died after a six-day illness. He is buried at the First Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.
  • Death

    William Blount died on March 21, 1800 in Knoxville