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Sen. William Blount

Former Senator for Tennessee

Blount was a senator from Tennessee and was a Republican. He served from 1796 to 1797.

Misconduct

Blount committed disloyalty to the United States by attempting to start a war between the Creek, Cherokee, and Spain in order to transfer land to Great Britain. On Jul. 8, 1797, the Senate expelled him, 25-1 and ordered him to appear on July 10 for impeachment, which he promised to do, but did not. On Dec. 17, 1798, the Senate held an impeachment trial in the Senate and in absentia, but the resolution of impeachment failed.

Jul. 3, 1797 President John Adams sent an incriminating letter of Blount's to the Senate and the House demanding Blount's impeachment and conviction.
Jul. 6, 1797 Senate committee reported a recommendation that Blount be expelled.
Jul. 8, 1797 House of Representatives demanded that the Senate suspend Blount from his seat and guarantee his appearance at an impeachment trial.
Jul. 8, 1797 Senate expelled 25-1 and ordered to appear on July 10 for impeachment, which he promised to do, but did not.
Dec. 17, 1798 Senate held an impeachment trial in the Senate and in absentia, but the resolution that he was impeachable failed
Photo of Sen. William Blount [R-TN, 1796-1797]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1797 to Jul 1797, Blount missed 12 of 46 roll call votes, which is 26.1%. This is worse than the median of 20.3% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jul 1797. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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