Thomas Lee

Governor of Virginia
Born 1690

Thomas Lee was a leading political figure of colonial Virginia. He was a member of the Lee family, a political dynasty which included many figures from the pre-American Revolutionary War era until the late 20th century. Lee became involved in politics in 1710 and he became the resident manager of the Northern Neck Proprietary for Lady Catherine Fairfax. After his father died he inherited land in Northumberland and Charles County.… Read More

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1690 Birth Thomas Lee was born around 1690 at Mount Pleasant, on the Machodoc River in Westmoreland County, Virginia. … Read More
1700 10 Years Old Lee attended college at The College of William and Mary around 1700. … Read More


1710 20 Years Old Lee's political career began in 1710 when he was appointed as Naval Officer of the Potomac River. … Read More
1711 21 Years Old In 1711, Lee's uncle Thomas Corbin helped him gain the position of Virginia agent for the Northern Neck Proprietary. … Read More
1713 23 Years Old …  In 1713, Thomas succeeded his father as Naval Officer in charge of collecting customs for the south side of the Potomac.
1714 24 Years Old In 1714, upon his father's death, Lee inherited lands in Northumberland County near Dividing Creek, as well as land in Maryland adjoining his brother Philip Lee, Sr. of “Blenheim". … Read More
1716 26 Years Old He was engaged to Jenny Wilson in 1716. … Read More


1722 32 Years Old 1 More Event
When Lee married Hannah Harrison Ludwell in 1722, he benefited by the connections of the already established Harrison family. … Read More
1723 33 Years Old Lee later became a vestryman for Copole Parish and Justice of the Peace in Westmoreland County. In 1723, Lee became a member of the House of Burgesses.


1733 43 Years Old He held this office until he was appointed to the Governor's Council in the Virginia General Assembly in 1733. … Read More


1744 54 Years Old Lee was appointed commissioner, along with William Beverley, to negotiate with the Six Nations of the Iroquois at the Treaty of Lancaster in 1744.
1747 57 Years Old In 1747, Lee co-founded the Ohio Company of Virginia along with Lawrence Washington, Augustine Washington, Jr., the Duke of Bedford, and John Hanbury. … Read More
1749 59 Years Old When Governor William Gooch was recalled to England in 1749, Lee was named President of the King's Council of Virginia and Commander-in-Chief of the colony. … Read More


1750 60 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On November 14, 1750, Thomas Lee died at age sixty and was buried in the old "Burnt House Fields" at Mount Pleasant. … Read More
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