Transcripts of Robert McAfee Journals,1796-1807

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Transcripts of Robert McAfee Journals,1796-1807
McAfee, Robert B. (Robert Breckinridge), 1784-1849
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McAfee, Robert B. (Robert Breckinridge), 1784-1849 -- Diaries
Lawyers Kentucky Mercer County -- 19th century
Legislators Kentucky -- 19th century
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Processed by: Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert Breckinridge McAfee, legislator and statesman, was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, in 1784 to Robert and Anne McCoun McAfee. After his parents' deaths in 1795, John Breckinridge, who became attorney general of the U.S. in the cabinet of Thomas Jefferson, and James McCoun became his guardians. McAfee was state representative for Mercer County from 1800-1812, served as a captain in the War of 1812, served as a state senator, and was Kentucky's lieutenant governor from 1824-1828. He was appointed charge d'affaire to Columbia in 1833. Later he served again as state senator in Kentucky and the following year was elected president of West Point. McAfee died in 1849 and was buried in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of transcripts of two journals kept by Robert B. McAfee of Mercer County, Kentucky, from 1796-1807. McAfee wrote in the journal as a young man while in school learning Latin and the classics. He later studied law in Frankfort with "Mr. Breckinridge" and lists the literature he studied. Many Latin words and phrases are used throughout the journal. He also mentions news of family and friends, court business, various sermons he has heard, and some legislative business. The transcriber and date of transcription is unknown.
Arrangement: Chronological