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William Harris Land Grant

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1413

This document, signed by Governor Willie Blount on August 6, 1812, grants a parcel of land in Blount County to William Harris. It includes a detailed table and map showing the tract's exact location.

Dates

  • 1812 August 6

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Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This document, signed by Governor Willie Blount on August 6, 1812, grants a parcel of land in Blount County to William Harris. It includes a detailed table and map showing the tract's exact location.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

William Harris was probably born on October 9, 1779. He married Jane Trippett, and the family lived in Blount County during the early part of the 19th century. He may have moved to Georgia with one of his children later in life.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this document in 1987.

Repository Details

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

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