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BLOUNT, Thomas

1759–1812

Biography

BLOUNT, Thomas, (brother of William Blount and uncle of William Grainger Blount), a Representative from North Carolina; born at "Blount Hall," Craven (now Pitt) County, N.C., May 10, 1759; educated at home; at the age of sixteen years entered the Continental Army; was captured and sent to England as a prisoner of war; after the Revolutionary War engaged in the mercantile business in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C.; member of the State house of commons in 1788; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and as a Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1799); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1802 to the Eighth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Ninth and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1809); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1808 to the Eleventh Congress; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress and served from March 4, 1811, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 7, 1812; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In William Blount Papers, 1783-1823, 80 items. The collection includes papers of Thomas Blount. The collection is also available on microfilm.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1796-1797, 1 volume. A letter book of personal correspondence. Persons represented include Thomas Blount. A finding aid is available in the repository.

North Carolina State Department of Archives and History

Raleigh, NC
Papers: 1791, 1 letter. A letter from Thomas Blount to [Gen. Samuel Simpson], requesting military escort through Pitt Co. for President Washington on his trip through North Carolina. Dinner toasts are penciled on back of letter.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Keith, Alice Barnwell. "John Gray and Thomas Blount, Merchants, 1783-1800." North Carolina Historical Review 25 (April 1948): 194-205.

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