Ramsey's Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century (1853)

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TERRITORY OF UNITED STATES SOUTH OF OHIO RIVER.

CHAPTER VII
TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES SOUTH OF OHIO RIVER.

1790 leftbracket Having accepted the deed of cession from North-Carolina, Congress soon after passed a law for the government of the “territory south-west of the River Ohio.” The ordinance itself, and the act of Congress
amendatory of it, passed August 7, 1789.

 

Provision being thus made for the government of the territory, it remained for the President to nominate suitable officers to carry the Territorial Government into operation. Several gentlemen, of acknowledged capacity and worth, were presented to President Washington, for the appointment of Governor. Patrick Henry recommended to him Mr. Mason of Virginia. But there was an obvious propriety in selecting, for this station, a citizen of the state which had ceded the territory, and who was presumed, on that account, to be familiar with the circumstances and interests connected with and involved in the cession. William Blount, of North-Carolina, received the appointment of Governor. he has been heretofore mentioned in these pages, as the vigilant agent of his state, and the faithful guardian of the interests of North-Carolina, at the treaty of Hopewell. He was of an ancient English family, of wealth and rank, which, at an early day, emigrated to Carolina. The name is often mentioned in the annals of that state during the Revolution. Charles, James and Benjamin Blount, were all civil or military officers during that period. William Blount was one of the deputies from North-Carolina to the Convention which formed the Constitution of the United States. It was on this occasion, probably, that General Washington, the President of the Convention, first became acquainted with him, and, appreciating his qualifications for the public service, his discernment selected him for the important position of Governor of the new Territory. He was remarkable


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