William Blount Biography

U.S. Representative, Governor (1749–1800)
William Blount was the first territorial governor of and later one of the first two U.S. senators from Tennessee.


During the 1780s, William Blount was elected to six terms in the North Carolina legislature and was a member of the North Carolina convention that ratified the Constitution. Blount became territorial governor of the lands west of the Alleghenies ceded to the U.S. in 1789 by North Carolina, and when this territory became the state of Tennessee, Blount was elected one of its first two senators.

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