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James Henderson Blount led an investigation into the alleged American involvement in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.

James Henderson Blount (September 12, 1837 – March 8, 1903), an American statesman, was born near Clinton, Jones County, Georgiamarker. He attended private schools there and in Tuscaloosamarker, Alabamamarker. He was graduated from the University of Georgiamarker at Athens in 1858. He studied law and was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1859. During the American Civil War he served in the Confederate States Army as a private in the Second Georgia Battalion, Floyd Rifles for two years, and was later lieutenant colonel for two years.

Blount served in the United States Congress representing the sixth district of Georgiamarker from 1873 to 1893. He was Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Relations (1891-1893). He was appointed by President of the United States Grover Cleveland to be the United States Department of Statemarker Minister to Hawai'i with the mission of investigating the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i and the administration of Queen Lili'uokalani. The report he issued is known as the Blount Report.

Blount died in Maconmarker, Bibb County, Georgiamarker, and was buried at the Rose Hill Cemeterymarker in Macon, Georgiamarker.


See also

  • Senator John Tyler Morgan, an advocate of annexing Hawai'i whose Morgan Report of February 26, 1894 is cited as contradicting the Blount Report of July 17, 1893.

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