Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee


Richard Henry Lee was an American statesman from Virginia best known for the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and his famous resolution of June 1776 led to the United States Declaration of Independence, which Lee signed. He also served a one-year term as the President of the Continental Congress, and was a U.S.… Read More

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1732 Birth He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Thomas Lee and Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee on January 20, 1732. … Read More


1748 16 Years Old In 1748, at 16, Lee left Virginia for Yorkshire, England, to complete his formal education at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. … Read More


1757 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1757, Lee was appointed justice of the peace in Westmoreland County.
1758 26 Years Old In 1758 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses, where he met Patrick Henry. … Read More


1766 34 Years Old In 1766, almost ten years before the American Revolutionary War, Lee is credited with having authored the Westmoreland Resolution which was publicly signed by prominent landowners who met at Leedstown, Westmoreland County, Virginia on 27 February 1766. … Read More
1769 37 Years Old Lee remarried in June or July 1769 to Anne (Gaskins) Pinckard. … Read More


1774 42 Years Old In August 1774, Lee was chosen as a delegate to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.
1776 44 Years Old In Lee's Resolution on the 7th of June 1776 during the Second Continental Congress, Lee put forth the motion to the Continental Congress to declare Independence from Great Britain, which read (in part): … Read More


1784 52 Years Old Lee was elected the sixth President of Congress under the Articles of Confederation on November 30, 1784, in the French Arms Tavern, Trenton, New Jersey.
On January 11, 1785, Congress convened in the old New York City Hall and Lee presided over that Congress until November 23, 1785. … Read More
1789 57 Years Old …  He also served a one-year term as the President of the Congress of the Confederation, and was a United States Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as the second President pro tempore of the upper house. … Read More


1794 62 Years Old Died on June 19, 1794.
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