Timothy Bloodworth

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Timothy Bloodworth
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1795 – March 4, 1801
Preceded byBenjamin Hawkins
Succeeded byDavid Stone
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina's 3rd district
In office
April 6, 1790 – March 3, 1791
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byJohn B. Ashe
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
In office
Member of the North Carolina Senate
In office
Personal details
Born1736 (1736)
New Hanover County, Province of North Carolina, British America
DiedAugust 24, 1814(1814-08-24) (aged 77–78)
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

Timothy James Bloodworth (1736 – August 24, 1814) was an American anti-Federalist politician. He was a leader of the American Revolution and later served as a member of the Confederation Congress, U.S. congressman and senator, and collector of customs for the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Bloodworth was born 1736 in North Carolina to Timothy Bloodworth Sr. who had migrated to North Carolina from Virginia in the early 1700s. He spent most of his life before the American Revolutionary War as a teacher. He owned 9 slaves and had over 4,000 acres of land.[2]

He had two brothers, James and Thomas, who were active local politicians.[citation needed]

In 1776, he began making arms including muskets and bayonets for the Continental Army. In 1778 and 1779, he served as a member of the North Carolina state legislature. Following this, he held a number of political posts sequentially until serving as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1786. He served as an Anti-Federalist delegate from New Hannover County to the Fayetteville Convention on the U.S. Constitution in 1789.:[3][4][5][6]

He was elected to the First United States Congress as a member of the House of Representatives, serving from 1790 to 1791 before returning to the North Carolina state legislature. In 1794 Bloodworth was elected to the United States Senate, where he served from 1795 to 1801. From then until 1807,[7] Bloodworth served as collector of customs in Wilmington, North Carolina.[8]

During the Second World War, Liberty ship SS Timothy Bloodworth was named in his honor.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Herndon, G. Melvin. "Timothy Bloodworth". NCPedia. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bloodworth, Timothy | NCpedia". www.ncpedia.org. Retrieved 2022-01-31.
  3. ^ Connor, R.D.D. (1913). A Manual of North Carolina (PDF). Raleigh: North Carolina Historical Commission. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "The Legislative Manual and Political Register of the State of North Carolina". 1874. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Timothy Bloodworth". National Intelligencer. Washington, DC. September 6, 1814. p. 2.
  6. ^ "Minutes of the North Carolina Constitutional Convention at Fayetteville". Documenting the South. 1789. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Marker D-106 - Timothy Bloodworth". Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Congressional Biography

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Political offices
Preceded by North Carolina State Treasurer for the Wilmington District
Succeeded by
Memucan Hunt
as singular Treasurer of North Carolina
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
U.S. Representative (District 3) from North Carolina
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Alexander Martin, Jesse Franklin
Succeeded by