Robert Breckinridge McAfee

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Robert Breckinridge McAfee

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Mercer, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 12, 1849 (65)
Mercer, Kentucky, United States
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Son of Robert McAfee and Anne McAfee
Husband of Mary McAfee
Brother of Margaret Neeld

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About Robert Breckinridge McAfee

Robert Breckinridge McAfee (February 18, 1784 – March 12, 1849) was a Kentucky politician, and was the seventh Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky serving from 1824 to 1828.

McAfee was born on February 18, 1784 in Mercer County, Kentucky, and was orphaned in 1795 after his father was killed in New Orleans, Louisiana. McAfee was made a General in the United States Army during the War of 1812 and commanded a troop raised by order of Gen. Andrew Jackson, that took part in the Battle of New Orleans.

Following his military service, he lived in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and entered state politics. He was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives prior to 1824, when he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky. He cast a tie-breaking vote that prevented the abolition of the "New Court" during the Old Court-New Court controversy in 1825. President Andrew Jackson then named him Chargé d'affaires to New Granada, which he served from 1833 to 1837.


Robert Breckinridge McAfee was perhaps the most accomplished member of the McAfee family, with a long military and political career. He was born Feb. 18, 1784 on the banks of the Salt River in Mercer Co., Kentucky, the second-youngest child of Robert and Anne (McCoun) McAfee. He was orphaned at the age of eleven, his mother dying in 1794, and his father murdered a year later in New Orleans, LA. His older brother, Samuel (my 4th-great-grandfather) raised Robert and two other minor siblings. During the War of 1812, Robert commanded several troops from Mercer Co., including one raised in response to General Andrew Jackson's orders prior to the Battle of New Orleans. Following the War, Robert settled in Harrodsburg with his family, and entered politics, first as a state legislator and later as lieutenant-governor of Kentucky during the administration of Gov. Desha. In 1833, President Andrew Jackson appointed Robert B. McAfee chargé d'affaires of the United States to the Republic of New Granada. This appointment was most likely in appreciation of McAfee's support of Jackson during the War of 1812. He died at his home on the Salt River on March 12, 1849, and is buried in the New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery, which was founded by many of his relations nearly 50 years before. I have more information on Robert's ancestors and descendants at:

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Robert Breckinridge McAfee's Timeline

February 18, 1784
Mercer, Kentucky, United States
March 12, 1849
Age 65
Mercer, Kentucky, United States