Robert B. McAfee
|Robert B. McAfee|
|5th United States Ambassador to Colombia|
July 1, 1833 – June 20, 1837
|Preceded by||Thomas Patrick Moore|
|Succeeded by||James Semple|
|7th Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky|
August 24, 1824 – August 26, 1828
|Preceded by||William T. Barry|
|Succeeded by||John Breathitt|
|Born||February 18, 1784
Mercer County, Kentucky
|Died||March 12, 1849
Salt River, Kentucky
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Battles/wars||War of 1812|
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.
- "The Writings of Robert B. McAfee". Jenny Tenlen. 2000-06-02.
William T. Barry
|Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky
Thomas P. Moore
|United States Chargé d'affaires, New Granada
1 July 1833–20 June 1837
- Robert B. McAfee raised a company for service in Col.Richard M. Johnson's Mounted Kentucky Militia Regiment. He and his company served exclusively with Gen.William Henry Harrison's Army of the Northwest, and took no part in the Battle of New Orleans. His unit, Col.Johnson's Mounted Regiment, was more responsible for Harrison's victory at the Thames than any other, for they fought most of the action on their own, breaking through the British lines with no infantry support. All of this can be easily substantiated by reading "History of the Late War in the Western Country", by Robert B.McAfee himself, published by Worsley & Smith in Lexington, KY in 1816.
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