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Blount, William Augustus

William Augustus Blount (1792-1867). Blount was the son of John Gray Blount and Mary Harvey. At the age of twenty, he volunteered for service in the army in the War of 1812 and three years later was elected major general of the Sixth Division, North Carolina Militia. A large landowner, he spent most of his life in Beaufort County, NC, though Battle reports that General Blount had "removed to the capitol" of Raleigh in the early 1830s (1:352). From 1825 to 1827 he served in the NC House of Commons, and he was a trustee of the University from 1826 until his death. Devoted to the southern cause, he spent his entire fortune supporting the Confederacy. He had a son and a daughter by his first wife, Nancy Haywood, and after her death married Anne Littlejohn (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 1:183).