Thomas Lee
Governor of Virginia
Thomas Lee
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.
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A bird in the hand is worth hundreds of dollars - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
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When Laura Diprimo, 43, and Thomas Lee, 28, were arrested for child endangerment in Louisville, Ky., in June, it appeared to be yet another instance of a mother leaving an infant locked in a hot car (91-degree heat index outside) while frolicking
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Fairbanks found guilty of Dewey murder - Pine City Pioneer
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1 a jury found Thomas Lee Fairbanks guilty of first degree murder in the 2009 shooting of Mahnoman County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey. Fairbanks was also found guilty of four out of the six charges against him of first degree assault of a peace ... - -
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Improvements made for cycling on footpaths - TODAYonline
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WE REFER to Mr Thomas Lee Chee Chee's letter "Have educational videos for cyclists" (Aug 26) and share his concern for the safety of pedestrians in Tampines. Indeed, it was with pedestrian safety uppermost in our minds that Tampines decided to legalise
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Soros ups his stake in Target - MinnPost.com
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Thomas Lee of the Strib writes: “Soros Fund Management in New York, whose portfolio is worth more than $7 billion, purchased 543900 shares of Target stock in the second quarter, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
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Best Buy shifts from outsourcing with IT hires - Kansas City Star
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The Richfield, Minn.-based consumer electronics retailer plans to hire 200 information technology specialists in the next year as the company seeks to woo customers across multiple sales channels, including stores, mobile devices and
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Pedestrian Seriously Hurt in Car Crash - Patch.com
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Thomas Lee was pushing a shopping cart at a busy intersection when he was hit by a 2005 Chevy. By David Reich-Hale SCPD's Fifth Precinct is located on Waverly Avenue in Patchogue. Suffolk County Police detectives are investigating a car crash on Friday
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Gresham man arrested on sex abuse accusations - Gresham Outlook
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Thomas Lee Carter Jr. is being held on $254000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center on allegations of first-degree sodomy, harassment and interfering with making a police report. The victim called police at 11:30 am Thursday, Aug
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Fairbanks' sister is prosecution witness; mistrial in Dewey case denied - Park Rapids Enterprise
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Thomas Lee Fairbanks, 32, is a suspect in the Mahnomen shooting. CROOKSTON — The sister of Thomas Fairbanks testified for the prosecution today in his trial on charges that he murdered Mahnomen County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Dewey and assaulted a
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Local Wildlife Artist Has 'Most Incredible Talent' - The Ledger
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Thomas Lee Brooks, born in Lakeland in 1950, has been painting since he was a junior at Lakeland High School. Brooks graduated from LHS in 1969, and one year later, he got married. His wife of 40 years, Patricia, helps with setting his schedule,
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Ohio man guilty in gun sale - Shelbyville Times-Gazette
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Thomas Lee Stetler, 53, of Port Clinton, Ohio was convicted after a two-day trial in Chattanooga of illegally possessing 14 firearms which he had sold to undercover agent David Sakich of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department
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WYANDOTTE: Two arrested for breaking into dozens of parked cars - Southgate News Herald
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Nicholas Thomas-Lee Menard, 22, of Romulus and Carl Robert Benton, 17, of Dearborn Heights were arraigned Thursday afternoon in 27th District Court. Menard was charged with possession of a stolen credit card. Benton was charged with larceny from a
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Lee Sees Short-Lived Damage if Debt Increase Passes - Washington Post
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July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Thomas Lee, chief US equity strategist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. talks about the US economy and stock market outlook as negotiations to raise the debt ceiling continue in Washington. Lee speaks with Matt Miller, Carol Massar and
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PEOPLE v. WILEY - Leagle.com
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Appellant, Thomas Lee Wiley, was charged in a first amended information filed on February 25, 2010, with attempted murder (Pen. Code, §§ 664, 187, subd. (a), count one), 1 mayhem (§ 203, count two), making criminal threats (§ 422, count three),
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Suspect gets into hot water - Gresham Outlook
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Thomas Lee Benson of Gresham, 39, was pursued from the center at 7300 SE Harmony Road, to a parking lot at the Clackamas Town Center by a Portland man who happened to be at the center supervising a field trip of about 50 fourth-graders
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Thomas Lee
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1750
    Age 60
    On November 14, 1750, Thomas Lee died at age sixty and was buried in the old "Burnt House Fields" at Mount Pleasant.
    More Details Hide Details According to his will, he wished to be buried in between his wife and his mother. He bequeathed Stratford Hall to his eldest son, Philip Ludwell Lee, and the Machodoc plantation to his nephew, George Lee.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1749
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nominated for appointment as Governor of Virginia by King George II, he died before it took place.
  • 1747
    Age 57
    In 1747, Lee co-founded the Ohio Company of Virginia along with Lawrence Washington, Augustine Washington, Jr., the Duke of Bedford, and John Hanbury.
    More Details Hide Details The Ohio Company was a land speculation venture which helped colonize the Ohio Country. Lee's influence as a member of the Governor's Council helped lead to the success of the Ohio Company and within seven years the company had 100 families living in Ohio. He was also the first president of the Company and after Lee died, was succeeded by Lawrence Washington. With Lee's higher rank in society and wealth, he decided he needed to build a mansion to secure his position as one of the Virginia gentry. he chose the "Clifts," which he had owned since the mid-1710s. Lee decided on this site because it was located in Westmoreland County, where he was born, and because it was located on the Potomac River. The land was sufficient for having many construction laborers live there. Hannah had an influential say in the design and planning of the interior of the house. Philip, the couple's eldest son, had said, "See what it is to be ruled by a woman. I should have been now living in a house like this... had not my father been persuaded by his wife to put up this very inferior dwelling, now over my head." The exact construction date of the house is unknown but it is estimated that construction began around 1725-30, as all of Lee's sons were born at Stratford. Workers on the plantation were from all the working class: free people and indentured servants mostly from the British Isles, and African slaves.
  • 1744
    Age 54
    Lee was appointed commissioner, along with William Beverley, to negotiate with the Six Nations of the Iroquois at the Treaty of Lancaster in 1744.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1733
    Age 43
    He held this office until he was appointed to the Governor's Council in the Virginia General Assembly in 1733.
    More Details Hide Details This position was a lifetime appointment. The Council was made up of twelve appointees who were selected by the Governor of Virginia and was the upper half of the Virginia General Assembly. The lower half was made up of the House of Burgesses. This position also gave Lee the rank of Colonel, a military rank that was second only to the governor. Members of the Council were advisers to the governor and judges in the General Court of the colony. Their work led them to spend about a third of the year in the capital Williamsburg.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1723
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1722
    Age 32
    In May 1722, Thomas Lee married Hannah Harrison Ludwell (December 5, 1701 – January 25, 1750), a member of the prominent Harrison family, at "Greenspring", James City County, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage lasted his life and brought him increased wealth and status. Hannah was the daughter of Philip Ludwell II of "Greenspring", and Hannah Harrison. The couple had eleven children; eight survived to adulthood: 1728 was a tragic year for Lee and his family. On January 29, thieves broke into the house stealing the Lee family plate, jewelry, and other articles of value, and upon leaving, set fire to the plantation house at Machodoc. The fire destroyed the entire plantation, including Thomas' office, the barns, and outhouses. The house quickly burned and Hannah Lee, being pregnant with her fourth child, had to be thrown from her chamber window on the second floor. This resulted in Hannah's miscarriage of a son (they named him John). also injured in the fire was a slave girl, who died. Virginia Governor William Gooch blamed transported convicts for the crime. The convicts and an accomplice were later found guilty. Their punishment is unknown because the trial records were destroyed. When construction began on the new Lee mansion, the family stayed with Thomas's brother Henry at Lee Hall. Lee sold the "Machodoc" estate to Richard Lee III's son, George Lee, who built "Mount Pleasant".
    When Lee married Hannah Harrison Ludwell in 1722, he benefited by the connections of the already established Harrison family.
    More Details Hide Details A year later he would become a member of the House of Burgesses. After Lee's home was burnt down by criminals, he lost almost all of his possessions and a fair sum of money. With donations received from Caroline of Ansbach and English Commissioners, he built his new home on the Potomac River, naming it Stratford Hall. Four years later in 1733, he was appointed to the Governor's Council, upper house of the General Assembly. In 1747, he founded the Ohio Company of Virginia with fellow Virginian colonists who wished to expand Virginia's territory into the Ohio River Valley. For a period of less than a year, in 1749, he became the de facto Governor of Virginia in place of the absent William Gooch.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1716
    Age 26
    He was engaged to Jenny Wilson in 1716.
    More Details Hide Details That year he returned to England to formalize the lease to the plantation before he married. Before his return, Jenny Wilson had found another husband, James Roscoe. Lee learned this from William Byrd. Lee and his brother Henry negotiated a lease for 99 years on the plantation. During his stay in England, Lee had decided to buy some property on the Potomac River called the "Clifts Plantation" in Westmoreland County. At the time, the property was owned by Nathaniel Pope, Jr., a mariner, of London. Lee believed that when Virginia gained its independence, the capital would be located on the Potomac River. He later renamed it as Stratford. Thomas purchased his father's old estate "Machodoc", from his sister-in-law, Martha Silk, the former wife of his older brother, Richard Lee III. "Machodoc" was later known as "Mount Pleasant".
  • 1714
    Age 24
    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".
    More Details Hide Details Thomas leased the estate “Machodoc" from his brother Richard Lee III who was in London. That same year Thomas visited England, remaining for about a year. Lee thought that marriage was not only important between two individuals but for their families. A nephew of his later said, "Our Late Honorable & worthy Unkle President Lee said that the first fall & ruin of families and estates was mostly Occasioned by Imprudent Matches to Imbeggar families and estates & to beget a race of beggars."
  • 1713
    Age 23
    In 1713, Thomas succeeded his father as Naval Officer in charge of collecting customs for the south side of the Potomac.
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  • 1711
    Age 21
    In 1711, Lee's uncle Thomas Corbin helped him gain the position of Virginia agent for the Northern Neck Proprietary.
    More Details Hide Details As a result, he was appointed by Catherine (Culpeper) Fairfax, Lady Fairfax who was living in England, as her agent and resident manager for the Northern Neck Proprietary, which she had inherited from her father, Governor Thomas Colepeper, 2nd Baron Colepeper. Catherine was the wife of Thomas Fairfax, 5th Baron Fairfax. This property, which consisted of approximately six million acres (24,000 km²), included all the land between the Potomac and Rappahnnock rivers. At one time Edmund Jenings, another Lee uncle, headed this Proprietary. While Jenings was in England, the offices of the agency were located at the plantation at Machodoc and under Lee's supervision. Due to Jening's poor management, the agency was given to Governor Robert "King" Carter in 1720. This event led to animosity between the competitive Lee and Carter families. The members of the families refused to marry each other until Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee married Anne Hill Carter. Their most notable child was Robert E. Lee.
  • 1710
    Age 20
    Lee's political career began in 1710 when he was appointed as Naval Officer of the Potomac River.
    More Details Hide Details The position was previously held by his father and upon his resignation, Lee was appointed as the new Naval Officer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1700
    Age 10
    Lee attended college at The College of William and Mary around 1700.
    More Details Hide Details Lee's education was referred to as a "common Virginia education". He soon became interested in the working of the tobacco industry. He left home to work with his uncle Thomas Corbin in the tobacco business.
  • 1690
    Age 0
    Thomas Lee was born around 1690 at Mount Pleasant, on the Machodoc River in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were Richard Lee II, "the scholar", and Laetitia Corbin. His ancestors had immigrated from Coton, Shropshire, England to Virginia in 1642. As the fourth son of the couple, Lee would not receive as large an inheritance as his older brothers. This did not prevent him from becoming successful in politics.
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