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William Blounts great-grandfather Thomas Blount came to the Americas from England in 1660 He first resided in Virginia then moved to North Carolina and started his family William was the eldest in his family and was born in 1749 while his mother was visiting her father-in-laws Rosefield estate This was near William was said to have received a good education although little isknown He also apparently had intrest for government since he was little When the war started in 1776 Blount was appointed paymaster who was in charge of wages in the army of North Carolina Then in 1778 he married Mary Grainier They had six children and one became active in Tennessees govern-He spent the rest of his life in public office Blount represented North Carolina in Congress He sat in the lower house of the legislature for 4 years from 1780-1784 During those years he was the speaker of the house and was a public speaker He served in the upper house from 1788-1790 and spoke for them as well Blount also took part in national politics including two Continental Congress sessions in 1782-1783 and 1786-1787 Here he also represented his state of North Carolina The next highlight in Blounts life was being apppointed to be a delegate at the Constitutional Convention At this time he was 38 years of age Althoughhe already had a prior commitment to represent his state at the Continental Congress He attended the Constitutional Convention for all but one month He was a very quiet person who let other members take part in debates and and arguements and kept his opinions to himself whether they were follow-ing or opposing the crowd He signed the Constitution with hesitation and saidonly to make it the unanimous act of the States in the Convention Although when it reached his state for ratification he signed it without reluctancy and gave Later in 1789 wanted to be elected to the Senate This was
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