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Robert Love (Gustavus Adolphus Love), III

Birthplace: Augusta, VA, USA
Death: Died in Waynesville, NC, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Love and Dorcas Love
Husband of Mary Dillard and Mary Ann Love
Father of Ann Dillard Gudger; Thomas Love, sr.; Samuel Love; Ann Love; Dillard Love and 10 others
Brother of Gen. Thomas Love; Nancy Bell Love; Dorcas Dillard; James Love and Mary Montgomery

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About Lt. Robert Love

Colonel Robert LOVE (1760-July 1845), Patriot, Frontiersman, Statesman, Benefactor and Founder of Waynesville, NC He enlisted in the Continental Army when he was 15 years of age. When he applied for a pension, many years later, there was some doubt as to whether a man so young could have attained the rank of Lt. Colonel. President Andrew Jackson, a longtime friend of Col. Love's, wrote a letter, dated 12 October 1839, to the pension board to support his friend's claim.

After the Revolution and with his parents being dead, he moved to what was then Washington County, North Carolina but is now part of Tennessee. About one year later, in 1782 he married Mary Ann Dillard, the daughter of Col. Thomas Dillard of Virginia. Love represented Washington County in the North Carolina Legislature in 1789. Love moved to Buncombe County, North Carolina, in 1792 and was elected to the State Senate of North Carolina.

Famed duellist. Around 1790, he won a horse race against future U.S. President Andrew Jackson by getting Jackson's jockey drunk. When Love and Jackson began a shouting match, Love challenged Jackson to a duel. Jackson declined to duel for the last time in his life.

A wealthy man, in 1809 Love donated land in Haywood County, North Carolina, for a courthouse, jail and town square and formed Mount Prospect which was renamed Waynesville, North Carolina, after General Anthony Wayne. Love helped to establish the final state boundary line between North Carolina and Tennessee in 1821.

Presidential Elector (DR-NC) 1808, 1816, 1820; (People's-NC) 1824, (D-NC) 1828, 1832. He was nominated for Presidential Elector in 1816 in the first political convention held in North Carolina history. Tied for the longest service as Presidential Elector in NC. Elected to serve in 1836 but was unable to attend due to being kicked by a horse; his son James R. Love served in his place.

He died in Waynesville in 1845.

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Lt. Robert Love's Timeline

March 11, 1760
Augusta, VA, USA
Age 23
Huntland, TN, USA
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