Congressional Committee Report Regarding Willie Blount
This two page report, written by a select committee of the 1st session of the 18th Congress on February 24, 1824, discusses Willie Blount's claim for reimbursement of monies borrowed on behalf of Tennessee during the War of 1812. It notes that Willie Blount drew bills of exchange on the Government of the United States, to the amount which he borrowed, and which afterwards paid. That other sums were drawn by him, making in all the sum of $507,306.14, which was principally disposed of by order of the Secretary of War. Blount also asks for compensation for extra services rendered while he was Governor of Tennessee. The report ends with the committee's reasons for denying Blount's request.
- 1824 February 24
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This two page report, written by a select committee of the 1st session of the 18th Congress on February 24, 1824, discusses Willie Blount's claim for reimbursement of monies borrowed on behalf of Tennessee during the War of 1812.
Willie (pronounced Wylie) Blount was born to Jacob and Hannah (Salter) Baker Blount in Bertie County, North Carolina on April 18, 1768. He followed his half-brother William Blount to Montgomery County, Tennessee in 1790 and worked as William's private clerk until he was elected as one of the judges of the Superior Court of Law and Equity in 1796. After a hiatus in his political career, Blount was elected to the 7th Tennessee General Assembly in 1807 and served until he was elected Governor in 1809. He was re-elected in 1811 and 1813, stepping down when his final term ended in 1815. During his time in office, Blount raised money and troops for Andrew Jackson's campaign against the Creek and sought to open more Native American lands for white settlement. Blount ran for Governor again in 1827, but was badly defeated by Samuel Houston. He did not, however, retire from politics completely and participated in Tennessee's first Constitutional Convention in 1834. He died on September 10, 1835 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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