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Thomas Blount (statesman)

Thomas Blount (May 10, 1759 – February 7, 1812) was an American Revolutionary War veteran and statesman from the state of North Carolina.

Biography

He was born at Blount Hall, in what is now Pitt County, North Carolina and was educated at home.

At the age of 16, Blount entered the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. Captured during the conflict, he was among those prisoners of war shipped to England for detention. After the war, he returned to North Carolina. He engaged in the mercantile business in Tarboro a rapidly growing port city on the fall line. In 1788, he was elected to the State House of Commons.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, serving during 1793–1799, 1805–1809, 1811–1812 (he lost elections in 1802 and 1808). He died in office and is interred in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C..

He was the brother of William Blount and the uncle of William Grainger Blount. His wife, Mary J. Sumner, was the daughter of Jethro Sumner.[1][2]

His home at Tarboro, The Grove, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Thomas J. Sumner Blount". geni.com. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Nash, Jaquelin Drane. "Blount, Mary ("Jackie") Sumner". ncpedia.org. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  

External links

  • Biographic sketch at U.S. Congress website
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 9th congressional district

1793-1799
Succeeded by
Willis Alston
Preceded by
William Kennedy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd congressional district

1805-1809
Succeeded by
William Kennedy
Preceded by
William Kennedy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd congressional district

1811-1812
Succeeded by
William Kennedy
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