and was for years a member of the Board of Internal Improvements. He was the devoted friend of public schools, and for a long time a member of the Board of Trustees [appointed 1825] of the University; its steady, active, and consistent friend.
He was intensely southern in his whole course of life; the active opponent of all protection and class legislation; the devoted advocate of free trade and the rights of the States. His course in the Free Trade Convention at Philadelphia, one of the ablest bodies that ever assembled in this country, proves his ardent devotion to principle.
But it was at home, in the exercise of the kindly charities of life, the affectionate parent, the obliging and symphathizing neighbor, the sincere and uncalculating friend, his openhanded charity--
Charity that feels for another's woes,
And hides the faults that we see;--
that specially marked the life and character of General William A. Blount.
None that knew him (and the writer knew him long and well) can ever cease to remember his genial manner, his commanding presence, and his knightly bearing.
His conversational powers were unrivaled; though often incisive, pointed and witty, they were never coarse or offensive. These qualities made him always a welcome guest, and "the flashes of his wit often set the table in a roar."
Of him may be truly said as Anthony of the noble Brutus--
-- His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him, that nature might stand up
And say to all the world, this was a Man.
[Julius Cæsar, V, 5.]
He was twice married; first to Nancy Haywood, and second to Miss Littlejohn. By the first he left a son, Major Wm. A. Blount, and a daughter, Nancy, who still resides at Raleigh, and who married the lamented Gen. L. O'B. Branch.
"Being thus fathered and thus husbanded" is the peerless rival of the Portias of ancient Rome.
Mr. Cambreling, of New York, born 1786, died 1862.
Although the public services of Churchill Caldom Cambreling have redounded to the fame of another State, yet he is a native son of North Carolina; and we believe in the divine injunction, to "give unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar's." We intend to claim the merits, character, and services of every son of North Carolina, wherever we can find them.
The following is a partial list of the native sons of North Carolina who have distinguished themselves as citizens of other States:
- Allen, William, (Ohio,) born in Chowan County.
- Ashe, John B., (of Tenn.,) New Hanover.
- Bynum, Jesse, (La.,) Halifax.
- Benton, Thos. H., (of Mo.,) Orange.
- Bragg, John, (Ala.,) Warren.
- Blounts, William, (Tenn.,) Craven. Willie, (Tenn,) Bertie.
- Cannon, Newton, (Tenn.,) Guilford.
- Daniel, J. R. J., (La.,) Halifax.
- Dargan, (Ala.,) Anson.
- Darby, (Miss.)
- Dixon, Archibald, (Ky.,) Caswell.
- Eaton, John H., (Tenn.,) Halifax.
- Etheridge, (of Tenn.,) Currituck.
- Forney, W. H., (Ala.,) Lincoln.
- Gentry, Meredith P., Tennessee.
- Gause, (of Ark.,) Brunswick.
- Grant, James, (Iowa,) Halifax.
- Hawley, J. R., (Conn.,) Richmond.
- Hawks, F. L., (N. Y.,) Craven. Bishop, (Mo.,) Craven.
- Jackson, Andrew, (Tenn.,) Union.
- Johnson, Andrew, (Tenn.,) Wake.
- King, Wm. R., (Ala.,) Sampson.
- Moore, Gabriel, (Ala.)
- Mosely, W. D., (Fla.,) Lenoir.
- Pickens, Israel, (Ala.,) Mecklenburg.
- Polk, Jas. K., (Tenn.,) Mecklenburg.
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