William Blount

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William Blount (March 26, 1749 – March 21, 1800) was an American statesman and land speculator, and a signer of the United States Constitution.wikipedia
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Treaty of Holston

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As governor of the Southwest Territory, he negotiated the Treaty of Holston in 1791, bringing thousands of acres of Indian lands under U.S. control.
It was negotiated and signed by William Blount, governor of the Southwest Territory and superintendent of Indian affairs for the southern district for the United States, and various representatives of the Cherokee peoples, most notably John Watts.

Knoxville, Tennessee

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One individual who took advantage of this act was militia captain James White, who acquired a tract of land that would later become Knoxville, Tennessee.
Also in 1790, President George Washington appointed North Carolina surveyor William Blount governor of the newly created Territory South of the River Ohio.

United States Senate

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He was selected as one of Tennessee's initial U.S. senators in 1796.
Fifteen senators have been expelled in the Senate's history: William Blount, for treason, in 1797, and fourteen in 1861 and 1862 for supporting the Confederate secession.

Windsor, North Carolina

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Blount was born on Easter Sunday at Rosefield, the home of his maternal grandfather, John Gray, near Windsor in Bertie County, North Carolina.

James White (general)

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One individual who took advantage of this act was militia captain James White, who acquired a tract of land that would later become Knoxville, Tennessee. Former Franklinites appointed to lower government offices included Joseph Hardin, William Cage, James White, Dr. James White and Francis Alexander Ramsey.
William Blount, governor the Southwest Territory (created in 1790), chose the fort as the Territory's capital, and appointed White justice of the peace and a major in the Hawkins County militia.

Southwest Territory

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He subsequently served as the only governor of the Southwest Territory and played a leading role in helping the territory gain admission to the Union as the State of Tennessee.
The territory's lone governor was William Blount.

Willie Blount

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Blount hired his half-brother, Willie Blount, as a personal secretary, and recruited Fayetteville, North Carolina, publisher George Roulstone to establish a newspaper for the new territory, known as the Gazette.
He was the younger half-brother of Southwest Territory governor, William Blount.

Fayetteville Convention

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He was a member of the North Carolina delegation at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and led efforts in North Carolina to ratify the Constitution in 1789 at Fayetteville.

Andrew Jackson

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Others receiving appointments included future president Andrew Jackson, future governor Archibald Roane and naval officer George Farragut.
After moving to Nashville, Jackson became a protege of William Blount, a friend of the Donelsons and one of the most powerful men in the territory.

William Blount Mansion

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Following the initial sale of lots in October 1791, he began construction of his mansion in the new city.
The Blount Mansion, also known as William Blount Mansion, located at 200 West Hill Avenue in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, was the home of the only territorial governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount (1749–1800).

Constitutional Convention (United States)

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He was a member of the North Carolina delegation at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and led efforts in North Carolina to ratify the Constitution in 1789 at Fayetteville.

The Knoxville Gazette

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Blount hired his half-brother, Willie Blount, as a personal secretary, and recruited Fayetteville, North Carolina, publisher George Roulstone to establish a newspaper for the new territory, known as the Gazette.
Established by George Roulstone (1767–1804) at the urging of Southwest Territory governor William Blount, the paper's first edition appeared on November 5, 1791.

Knox County, Tennessee

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Blount ordered a state constitutional convention to be held at Knoxville in January 1796, which he personally attended as part of the Knox County delegation.
Knox County was created on June 11, 1792, by Governor William Blount from parts of Greene and Hawkins counties, one of the few counties created when the state was still known as the Southwest Territory.

Thomas Blount (statesman)

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William's brothers, Reading and Thomas Blount, accepted commissions in the Continental Army.
He was the brother of William Blount and the uncle of William Grainger Blount.

John Sevier

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A friend of both North Carolina Governor Richard Caswell and Franklinite leader John Sevier, Blount waffled on the Franklin issue for the next four years.
William Blount, a fellow land speculator and North Carolina politician, was appointed governor of the territory.

State of Franklin

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Opponents of the cession gained control of the House and repealed the act in October, but not before a movement by the Tennessee Valley residents to establish a separate state, known as the State of Franklin, had gained momentum.
The Lesser Franklin government finally ended in 1791, when Governor William Blount, of the newly formed Southwest Territory, met the Cherokee chieftains on the site of the future Knoxville, and they made the Treaty of Holston.

Archibald Roane

Others receiving appointments included future president Andrew Jackson, future governor Archibald Roane and naval officer George Farragut.
In 1790, when the Southwest Territory was formed, territorial governor William Blount appointed Roane to the position of Attorney and Solicitor for Greene County and later Territorial Attorney General for the Washington District.

James White's Fort

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The following year, he chose James White's Fort, near the confluence of the Holston and French Broad rivers, as the territory's new capital.
When William Blount, the territorial governor of the Southwest Territory, moved the territorial capital to White's Fort in 1791, he renamed it Knoxville in honor of Henry Knox, the American Revolutionary War general and Washington's Secretary of War.

Blount County, Tennessee

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Blount County, Tennessee, is named after Blount, as is the town of Blountville in Sullivan County.
The new county was named for the governor of the Southwest Territory, William Blount, and its county seat, Maryville, was named for his wife Mary Grainger Blount.

First Presbyterian Church Cemetery

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He was buried at the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery a few blocks from his home in Knoxville.
Established in the 1790s, the graveyard contains the graves of some of Knoxville's most prominent early residents, including territorial governor and Constitutional Convention delegate William Blount and Knoxville founder James White.

Grainger County, Tennessee

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Grainger County and Maryville are both named after his wife, Mary Grainger Blount.
It is named for Mary Grainger Blount, wife of William Blount.

William Cocke

William Cocke, an ex-Franklinite, blamed Blount for the lack of action against the Chickamaugas and began publishing attacks against Blount in the Gazette.
The newly formed government selected Cocke to be one of the new state's initial senators, along with William Blount.

Tellico Blockhouse

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Blount finally negotiated a truce with the Chickamauga at the Tellico Blockhouse in 1794.
Even as the Cherokee chief Hanging Maw was meeting with Governor William Blount to discuss bringing peace to the area, the chief's delegation was attacked by a band of settlers, killing several Cherokee headmen.

Maryville, Tennessee

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Grainger County and Maryville are both named after his wife, Mary Grainger Blount.
Incorporated as a city on July 11, 1795, the settlement was named in honor of Mary Grainger Blount, wife of the territorial governor William Blount.

James White (North Carolina politician)

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Former Franklinites appointed to lower government offices included Joseph Hardin, William Cage, James White, Dr. James White and Francis Alexander Ramsey.
In the 1790s he was involved in William Blount's plan to work with the Indians and Britain in staging an invasion of Spanish Florida.