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Tom Blunt, was King or head Chief of the North Carolina branch of the Tuscarora tribe. He lived in the Upper Towns in Gates County, NC. He is credited for minimizing the Tuscarora War in North Carolina in 1711-1713. After the war, the NC Council recognized his faithfulness and good service and made him Chief of all Indians south of the Pamlico River. In 1717, the NC Council let the Tuscarora’s settle into a reservation north of the Roanoke River in present day Bertie County. Blunt died sometime before March 5, 1739. After his death, the Tuscarora nation petitioned the North Carolina Council to elect a new king.