|Address|| Haywood County|
Waynesville, North Carolina , United States
|| August 23, 1760
|| July 17, 1845
Dec 06, 2007 08:06pm
|Info||LOVE, Robert - early pioneer of western North Carolina and long-serving Presidential Elector. Known for his "blue swallow-tail coat with knee breeches and silver knee buckles and silk stockings." |
Born 8/23/1760 in Augusta County VA to Samuel and Dorcas (Bell) Love.
Joined the Revolutionary army at age 15 (1775), fought Indians with Anthony Wayne. Fought at the Battle of Guilford Court House, 1781. Ended his military career as a Lieutenant Colonel. [Note: in 1831, Love began to receive an annual pension of $110.]
Relocated to western North Carolina in the 1780s. Surveyor, wealthy land owner.
Married Mary Ann Dillard 9/11/1783; had five sons and seven daughters.
Voted against organizing the State of Franklin in 1784.
Justice of the Peace, Washington County NC (an area later part of TN)
Delegate to the Fayetteville Convention 1789 and voted in favor of ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
NC House 1789
Challenged Andrew Jackson to a duel c. 1790 after a horse race; Jackson's refused to duel but never turned down another duel.
NC Senate (AF-Buncombe County) 1793-1795
Gave the land for Waynesville, the county seat of Haywood County and named it in honor of Anthony Wayne. Sold off lots to pay for the construction of the county court house.
In the first Haywood County election in 1809, Love defeated Felix Walker for Justice of the Peace.
Commissioner to set the boundary between NC and TN.
Presidential Elector (DR-NC) 1808, 1816, 1820; (Peo-NC) 1824, (D-NC) 1828, 1832. In 1816, Love was nominated to fill a vacancy on the slate of Presidential Electors in the first political convention held in North Carolina; his main opponent Andrew Baird ran as an Independent Republican electoral candidate. Elected to serve in 1836 but did not attend due to being kicked by a horse. his son James R. Love served in his place.
Died 7/17/1845 at Waynesville.
Seth Hinshaw and Linda Gunter, The North Carolina Electoral College: The People and the Process Behind the Vote, (Raleigh NC: Office of the Secretary of State, 1988), p. 82.