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James Robert Love Collection

Identifier: SM 80-55

Content Description

Colonel Robert Love (1760-1845) was born in Augusta County, Virginia. Love fought in the Revolutionary War and at war's end moved to Washington County, North Carolina (now Unicoi County, Tennessee). He married Mary Ann Dillard (1767-1842) in 1783.

Love was active in politics, serving as a delegate to the convention of the State of Franklin in 1784, state representative from Washington County in 1789, justice of the peace in the same county in 1788, delegate to the 1788 North Carolina convention which voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution, state representative of Buncombe County from 1793-1795, and as a presidential elector for several years.

In 1821, Love served as one of the commissioners who established the boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee from the Pigeon River south. He purchased extensive tracts of land in Jackson and Haywood counties, North Carolina. He is remembered as the founder of Waynesville. Love and his wife had thirteen children. One of his sons, James Robert, was the father of Maria, wife of William Stringfield.

The collection contains genealogy, correspondence, legal papers, newspaper clippings, and an 1880 Harper's New Monthly magazine. The addition to the collection contains bills and receipts, legal papers, land surveys, and other items relating to the political and business interests of Love and his associates.


  • 1818 - 1939

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Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States