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Robert Brooke

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard 'of Smithfield' Brooke and Anne Hay Brooke
Brother of Lawrence Brooke; John Taliaferro Brooke; Judge Francis T. Brooke and Elizabeth Maury

Occupation: Governor of Virginia
Managed by: James Hutchison
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About Robert Brooke

Robert Brooke (c. 1761 – February 27, 1800) was the son of Richard Brooke, and grandson of Robert Brooke, a skilled surveyor, who had been one of Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood's "Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Expedition". About 1795, Robert Brooke, the tenth Governor of Virginia, built his home upon Federal Hill, which looked over Sandy Bottom to Marye's Heights, a thousand yards away. He was educated at Edinburgh University, and on returning home at the beginning of the revolution was captured by Howe, British admiral, and sent back to England, whence he went to Scotland, then to France, and reached Virginia in a French vessel carrying arms for the continentals. He joined Captain Larkin Smith's company of cavalry, was captured near Richmond by Simcoe in 1781, was exchanged, and rejoined the army. In 1794 he represented Spotsylvania county in the house of delegates, and on December 1, of the same year, was elected governor and served two years. He was a Republican, and in 1798 was elected attorney-general of the state, over Bushrod Washington, nephew of General Washington.

Brooke was a Freemason in Virginia, 1795-97. and in November 1795 succeeded John Marshall as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia.

He died while still attorney-general.

The county of Brooke, formed from Ohio county Va., now in West Virginia is called, Brooke County, West Virginia, and was named in his honor.


Brooke (England) AND Taliaferro (Venice, Italy)

Father Richard Brooke, b. 1732
Mother Ann Hay Taliaferro, b. 7 Sep 1731
Robert Brooke (c.1761—d. 27 Feb 1800, Fredericksburg, Va.)
Married 1786 Mary Ritchie
Children: Richard Brooke, b. 14 Aug 1787
Descendants: Many living 2009.
Related to Washington family; descended from Patrick Henry's family (John Fontaine m. Martha Henry); Patrick Henry's family descended from Gen. Alexander Spottswood's family of Virginia, of "Knights of the Golden Horshoe" history.
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Robert Brooke's Timeline

February 27, 1800
Age 39