Richard Henry Lee - (1732 - 1794)

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Richard Henry Lee Biography

Richard Henry Lee, a descendant from an ancient and distinguished family in Virginia, was born in Westmoreland county, of that province, on January 20, 1732, two years before another brother, Francis Lightfoot Lee, who also signed the Declaration of Independence. The schools of America at that time furnished few advantages for an education and those who were able to meet the expense were accustomed to send their sons abroad for instruction. At a proper age, young Richard Henry was sent to a flourishing school at Wakesfield in the county of Yorkshire, England. The talents which he possessed, industriously employed under the guidance of respectable tutors, rendered his literary acquisitions easy and rapid; and in a few years he returned to his native country, with a mind well stored with scientific and classical knowledge.

For several years following his return to America, he continued his studies with persevering industry, greatly adding to the stock of knowledge which he had
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Richard Henry Lee Genealogy

Thomas Lee (1690 - 1750)
Hannah Ludwell Lee (1701 - 1750)

Ann Aylett Lee (1738 - 1768)
Anne Gaskins Pinkard Lee (1738 - 1768)

Ludwell Lee (1760 - 1835)
Ludwell Lee (1760 - 1836)
Mary Lee Washington (1764 - 1795)
Hannah Lee Washington (1766 - 1801)
Anna Lee Lee (1770 - 1804)
Henrietta Lee Tuberville (1773 - 1803)
Sarah Caldwell Lee Lee (1775 - 1837)
Francis Lightfoot Lee (1782 - 1850)

Philip Ludwell Lee (1727 - 1775)
Hannah Lee Corbin (1728 - 1782)
Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734 - 1797)
Alice Lee Shippen (1736 - 1817)
William Lee (1739 - 1795)
Arthur Lee (1740 - 1792)

Events in the life of Richard Henry Lee


1732 01/20   Birth of Richard Henry Lee
1776 06/07   Lees Resolution introduced to Continental Congress  [URL]
1794 06/19   Death of Richard Henry Lee
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Biography for Richard Henry Lee (1732 - 1794)
Biography for Richard Henry Lee
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The Articles of Confederation 03-01-1781
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitut
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Lees Resolution 06/07/1776
Resolution introduced in the Continental Congress by Richard Henry Lee (Virginia) proposing a Declaration of Independence, June 7, 1776. This is the resolution to congress that started the drafting of the Declaration of Indepenence.
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Letter to Samual Adams 1778/10/05
Letter from Richard Henry Lee to Samual Adams on the topic of Rights written October 5, 1787
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American Revolution and War for Independence

This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical material published in the United States. The process that took place before and during the 1776-1783 period when 13 British colonies' aspiration for independence broke out into the so-called War

Quotes by Richard Henry Lee

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A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves... and include all men capable of bearing arms. . . To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms.

Richard Henry Lee: Senator, First Congress

Quote 702 details Share on Google+ - Quote 702 Linked In Share Button - Quote 702 The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.

Quote 780 details Share on Google+ - Quote 780 Linked In Share Button - Quote 780 It is not choice then, but necessity that calls for Independence as the only means by which foreign Alliances can be obtained; and a proper confederation by which internal peace an Union may be secured. Contrary to our earnest, early, and repeated petitions for peace, liberty and safety, our enemies press us with war, threaten us with danger and Slavery

Richard Henry Lee: letter to Landon carter, June 2, 1776

Quote 779 details Share on Google+ - Quote 779 Linked In Share Button - Quote 779 The good people of the U. States in their late generous contest, contended for free government in the fullest, clearest, and strongest sense. that they had not idea of being brought under despotic rule under the notion of Strong Government, or in the form of elective despotism: Chains being still Chains, whether made of gold or iron. The corrupting nature of power, and its insatiable appetite for increase.

Richard Henry Lee: Letter to Samuel Adams, October 1787

Quote 781 details Share on Google+ - Quote 781 Linked In Share Button - Quote 781 The great object of a free people must be so to form their government and laws, and so to administer them, as to create a confidence in, and respect for, the laws; and thereby induce the sensible and virtuous part of the community to declare in favor of the laws and to support them without an expensive military force.

Richard Henry Lee: Letters of the Federal Farmer, 1788

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