James Henderson Blount

James Henderson Blount (* September 12, 1837 in Clinton, Jones County, Georgia; † March 8, 1903 in Macon, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1873 and 1893 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Blount attended private schools in his hometown of Clinton and Tuscaloosa (Alabama ). Subsequently, he studied until 1858 at the University of Georgia in Athens. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1859 admitted to the bar he began in Clinton to work in his new profession. In 1872 he moved his residence and his law firm to Macon. During the Civil War he rose to lieutenant colonel in the army of the Confederacy.

Politically Blount was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1865 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Georgia. In the congressional elections of 1872 he was in the sixth constituency of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William P. Price on March 4, 1873. After nine elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1893 ten legislative periods. From 1879 to 1881 he was Chairman of the Committee there to control expenditure of the Ministry of Post; 1885 to 1889 he headed the committee post. Between 1891 and 1893 Blount was chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

In 1892, James Blount gave up another run for Congress. On 20 March 1893 he was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to the American ambassador in the Kingdom of Hawaii. There had just been a revolution. Even then came thoughts on a connection to the United States. Blount spoke out against such plans. But he still came back in 1893 from this office. Despite his misgivings Hawaii came in 1898 under American administration. During the last ten years of his life, Blount devoted his now acquired plantation. He died on 8 March 1903 in Macon.