Thomas Blount (statesman)

Thomas Blount (May 10, 1759 – February 7, 1812) served as a lieutenant in the North Carolina Line and as an adjutant general to Major General Richard Caswell in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolutionary War. After the war, he served as a representative in the North Carolina General Assembly and served three terms in U.S. Representative from the 5th Congressional District in North Carolina.

Thomas Blount
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1805 portrait
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's North Carolina's 9th congressional district district
In office
1793–1795
Preceded byoffice created
Succeeded byThomas Blount
United States House of Representatives
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's North Carolina's 9th congressional district district
In office
1795–1797
Preceded byoffice created
Succeeded byThomas Blount
Personal details
Born(1759-05-10)May 10, 1759
Craven County, Province of North Carolina, British America
DiedFebruary 7, 1812(1812-02-07) (aged 52)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Military career
Buried
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchNorth Carolina Line
Years of service1777–1778
RankLieutenant, Adjutant General
Unit5th North Carolina Regiment, North Carolina militia

Early lifeEdit

He was born at Blount Hall on May 10, 1759, in Craven County (in the portion of it which became Pitt County in 1760) in the Province of North Carolina. His parents were Jacob Blount of Beaufort County, North Carolina and Barbara Gray Blount. Jacob Blount acquired an estate of six thousand acres on Contentnea Creek between 1757 and 1783. Thomas had six siblings: William (b. 26 Mar. 1749), Ann (b. 3 Oct. 1750), John Gray (b. 21 Sept. 1752), Louisa (b. 17 Jan. 1755), Reading (b. 22 Feb. 1757), and Jacob (b. 5 Nov. 1760). Thomas's mother died in 1763 and his father remarried to Hannah Salter Baker. Thomas was educated at home. He was close to his brothers William and John Gray in both business and politics. Together, they ran the Blount Brothers mercantile business, which was one of the largest in North Carolina and based in Washington, North Carolina. John Gray and William were representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly.[1]

Military serviceEdit

In 1777 at the age of 16, Blount entered the Continental Army's 5th North Carolina Regiment during the American Revolutionary War. He served as a lieutenant under Captain Benjamin Stedman. He was dropped from the rolls in January 1778, since he was captured during the conflicts (most likely the Battle of Germantown). He was among those prisoners of war shipped to England for detention. In 1780, he was back in North Carolina and served as Adjutant General to Major General Richard Caswell in the North Carolina militia.[1][2][3]

Political careerEdit

His brother, John Gray Blount, was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly House of Commons in 1783.

He served as a representative from the North Carolina in the United States House of Representatives:

FamilyEdit

He was the brother of William Blount and John Gray Blount and the uncle of William Grainger Blount. His wife, Mary J. Sumner, was the daughter of Jethro Sumner.[4][5][1]

His home at Tarboro, The Grove, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Maupin, Armistead Jones (1979). "Thomas Blount". Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  2. ^ Lewis, J.D. "Thomas Blount, Lieutenant/Colonel". carolana.com. Retrieved December 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Lewis, J.D. "Captain Benjamin Stedman". carolana.com. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Thomas J. Sumner Blount". geni.com. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  5. ^ Nash, Jaquelin Drane. "Blount, Mary ("Jackie") Sumner". ncpedia.org. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 9th congressional district

1793–1799
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