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Willie Blount Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0737

Tennessee Governor Willie Blount wrote this letter to Henry Newman, Jr. in Boston on December 10, 1811. In it, he expresses his hope that the United States will teach the indigenous people on the Wabash and their [foreign] aiders and abetters, that we are not only united but determined to be free and independent of all nations. He also discusses family and personal business, including Judge Hugh L. White and his family.

Dates

  • 1811 December 10

Language of Materials

English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Tennessee Governor Willie Blount wrote this letter to Henry Newman, Jr. in Boston on December 10, 1811. In it, he expresses his hope that the United States will teach the indigenous people on the Wabash and their [foreign] aiders and abetters, that we are not only united but determined to be free and independent of all nations. He also discusses family and personal business, including Judge Hugh L. White and his family.

Biographical/Historical Note

Willie Blount was born to Jacob and Hannah (Salter) Baker Blount in Bertie County, North Carolina on April 18, 1767 or 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 appropriate land originally inhabited by indigenous people 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. Willie Blount died on September 10, 1835 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480