In May, the Southwest Territory was created from the new cession, and was to be governed under the Northwest Ordinance. Clair was chosen instead. James Blount of Albemarle Colony. William Cockean ex-Franklinite, blamed Blount for the lack of action against the Chickamaugas, and began publishing attacks against Blount in the Gazette.
House of Representatives from to Elected to the North Carolina Senate from Pitt County in andBlount and his allies successfully countered attempts by anti-federalists Willie Jones and William Lenoir to thwart adoption of the new Constitution, and North Carolina voted for its ratification in November Blount, likewise, adopted a staunchly pro-western attitude.
Claiborneremained loyal, and helped repair his image among locals. Elated at the opporturnity to crush Blount, Pickering turned the letter over to President John Adams. Jacob Blount raised livestock, cotton and tobacco, produced turpentine, and operated a mill and horse racing track for the local community.
Blount managed to gain their trust, however, by recommending John Sevier and James Robertson as brigadier generals of the territorial militia, and appointing Landon Carter, Stockley Donelson and Gilbert Christian as colonels.
In he was elected to the senate and rose to the speakership. The request was favorably received, and the referendum submitted to the voters. He died 2 years later at Knoxville in his early fifties.
Appointed as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention at the age of 38, Blount was absent for more than a month because he chose to attend the Continental Congress on behalf of his state. Blount returned to Tennessee, where his popularity was undiminished, and was elected in to the Tennessee senate, serving as speaker until his death.
The attack further strained the relationship between Blount and his superiors in the federal government. George Washington called for swift justice against Blount, and hoped he would be "held in detestation by all good men.
He settled in what became Tennessee, to which he devoted the rest of his life. The House voted to impeach Campbell on December 17, but he was acquitted by the Senate on December InBlount sponsored a bill establishing the city of Nashville in what was then the Cumberland settlements.
In he successfully ran for a seat in the state Senate to represent the citizens of Knoxville. James White and Francis Alexander Ramsey.
Blount found himself in the precarious position of trying to appease two groups with opposing interests.
He arrived too late, however, and the Hopewell treaty negotiated by the commissioners returned a sizeable portion of western lands claimed by North Carolina speculators to the Indians.
Blount spent most of the remainder of his life in public office.
Article Title William Blount. Portrait of Blount by Albert Rosenthal Throughout his term as governor, Blount was torn between angry western frontiersmen, who demanded war against hostile Indians, and a War Department that consistently pushed for peaceful negotiations with the Indians.
Blount ordered a state constitutional convention to be held at Knoxville in Januarywhich he personally attended as part of the Knox County delegation.
The episode did little to dampen support for Blount in Tennessee. Shortly after the War for Independence began, inBlount enlisted as a paymaster in the North Carolina forces. Blount served in the North Carolina militia during the Revolutionary War.
Fearing a backlash back home, Blount merely signed the treaty as a witness.Genealogy in Past Issues of The Blount Journal () William B. Scott, Sr.: Part 3 / Family & Related Deeds “I Was Free Born” and William. William Blount was the first territorial governor of and later one of the first two U.S.
senators from mi-centre.com: Mar 26, The Journal of East Tennessee History 66 (): Goodpasture, Albert V.
“William Blount and the Old Southwest Territory." American Historical Magazine and Tennessee Historical Society Quarterly 8 (January ): William Blount (March 26, – March 21, ) was an American statesman and land speculator, and a signer of the United States Constitution.
He was a member of the North Carolina delegation at the Constitutional Convention ofand led efforts in North Carolina to ratify the Constitution in The First Impeachment: The Constitution’s Framers and the Case of Senator William Blount.
Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, The First Impeachment: The Constitution’s Framers and the Case of Senator William Blount (Macon, GA, ); Michael Toomey, “’Doing Justice to Suitors’: The County Courts in the Southwest Territory,” The Journal of .Download