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Masterson (i)
William Blount's accomplishments, though not inconsiderable, were equaled by many of his contemporaries; his mind, alert and of some breadth, was not extraordinary, and his personality was entirely consistant. He is arresting primarily because he typified so exactly a vital segment of past and present American society---the businessman.
Masterson (i)
Blount represents a class which was just emerging in eighteen-century America and which has steadily maintained its importance in society until today it has become to many other nations the personification of our national character.
Masterson (2)
Ever enterprising, several Blounts has been among the gentry interesting in the establishment of the colony of Virginia and two of Walter's sons, James and Thomas, now turned towards this new field for those of high design and low prospects. They arrived in Virginia in 1664 with family crests and some financial supply and settled in Isle of Wight County
Masterson (3)
Thomas fought in the indian wars of 1703, represented the colony in the indian treateis, and in 1703, he sat in the legislature for his district. Meanwhile his landholding grew. By marriages, by transporting people to the colonies, by purchasing, and by trade.
Masterson (5)
No title-flaunting, enept emigres, the Blounts served with both hand and brain the community and themselves. Blount land and slaves were not only bought and sold, they were also leased and worked on shares. Land was the theme, but variety was the counterpart.
Masterson (6) Birthdate of William Blount
March 26, 1749
Masterson (6)--Jacob, William's father, heads on the heals of a hot oppurtunity to speculate better and greater amounts of land.
To Blount, who was already owned lands and a comfortable house in Craven County and had two young sons and a daughter, the attraction of the south was as irresistable as the similar call had been to his forebearers.
Masterson (9) Refering to Jacob Blount (William's Dad) and his skill in manuevering his office of Justice of the Peace into a highly politicized one.
There, like an able politician, Jacob served both his own neighborhood and the province at large. For individual constiuents, he secured exemptions form taxes and services, he interested himself in acts to facilitate navigation.
Masterson (12) refering to the natural, inborn sense of business William Blount would surely inheret.
Nor did Jacob acquire land merely to hold it. He was constantly turning over the ownerships of lands and flipping a profit. So there unfolded before the growing boys a constant pattern of land transactions, and such activity in time naturally absored them likewise.
Masterson(18) speaking about William Blounts first military action, following his Justice of the Peace father to put down an uprising in Western North Carolina. Masterson proclaims he left the court with the declaration to head out to battle, but first manned his shop to ensure he would get a peice of the money that would certainly be spent by those soldiers about to head out.
And so the merchant-soldier kept accounts, purchased and made loans while he marched to uphold the authority of his King. It was a busy experience, a typical experience, and a legacy of policy to his attentive sons; law and order must prevail; gentlemen will see it done; bussiness need not suffer
Masterson (20) Maybe most important segment thus far for linking William Blount's tendencies and the possibility for him to align with the British in attempts to secure himself massive power and land interested in the West frontier that got him expelled from Congress.
Both (William and his brother John Grey) had supremely developed sense of speculation-of risk balanced against reward; in John Grey it was tempered with more judgement, in William it was burnished with more ingenuity. Both, too, were closely attuned to the public mind, both felt the current of opinion keenly, and ignored it only for the superior pressures or wealth or power.
Masterson (25). Displays the very calculated and methodical manner in which the Blounts manipulated and were motivated in their own self interested, all the while genuinely attempting to honor the many hats that they wore in their society
During the 1773-1774 Winter of tension and strategy planning, young William Blount, along with his family and other conservative leaaders, was slowly forced into a choice of loyalties. Men of business rather than of the courts, and more and more engaged in the multifarious activities of money-making, William and his family had hitherto stood as moderates. But the threat of lawlessness, the pressure of debt, the influence of reletaives and associates, the promise of wider activities and prosspects, and, above all, the increasing volume of Whig sentiment, worked decisively on them. Of the younger brothers, Reaing Blount, most martial of the family, was already deep in militia affairs, while the excitement of the volatile Thomas rose daily. William and John Grey, like their father moved less exuberantly though just as surely in the direction of rebellion.