BLOUNT, Thomas, (1759 - 1812)


BLOUNT, Thomas, (brother of William Blount and uncle of William Grainger Blount), a Representative from North Carolina; born at “Blount Hall,” Craven (now Pitt) County, N.C., May 10, 1759; educated at home; at the age of sixteen years entered the Continental Army; was captured and sent to England as a prisoner of war; after the Revolutionary War engaged in the mercantile business in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C.; member of the State house of commons in 1788; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and as a Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1799); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1802 to the Eighth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Ninth and Tenth Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1809); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1808 to the Eleventh Congress; elected as a Republican to the Twelfth Congress and served from March 4, 1811, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 7, 1812; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.