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Richard Henry Lee

Member From: 1756 - 1794

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  • Birth Date: January 20, 1732 Birth Place:Stratford, Westmoreland County, Virginia
  • Death Date: June 19, 1794
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Anne Aylett; Anne Gaskins Pinckard
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  • Additional Info: 1756-1758 Assembly- Philip Ludwell Lee was appointed to the Council; Richard Lee succeeded him in the House.
  • Bio: RICHARD HENRY LEE of Westmoreland County was the son of Governor Thomas Lee of "Stratford" and Hannah Ludwell, daughter­ of Philip and Hannah (Harrison) LudwelL He left Wakefield Academy at Leeds, Yorkshire, England, in 1752, and studied at Chantilly near Paris, France. He was a member of the House of Burgesses, 1758-75, and organized the Westmoreland Association,writing its resolutions opposing the Stamp Act, 1766. He was a justice of the peace for Westmoreland County in 1770; originator an d member of the Committee of Correspondence, 1773; member the Virginia Conventions of 1774, 1775 and 1776; the Conti­nental Congress, 1774-79, 1784-87 (President, 1874); offered the resolution from which the Declaration of Independence was formulated; Signer of the Declaration of Independence; signer of the Articles of Confederation, 1778; member of the House of Dele­gates, 1777, 1780-85; and United States Senator, 1789-92. He mar­ried firstly, December 3, 1757, Anne Aylett (born 1738, died December 12, 1768), daughter of Captain William and Elizabeth (Eskridge) Aylett, Jr., and secondly, in 1769, Mrs. Anne (Gaskins) Pinckard, widow of Thomas Pinckard and daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Eustace) Gaskins of "Gascony", Northumberland County, Virginia.
    Portrait in Executive Mansion at Richmond, Va. Marble bust by Bryant Baker in the old hall of the House of Delegates, gift of the Society of the Lees of Virginia.
    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was JOHN JAMES BECKLEY.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: U.S. Senate (1789-1792)
    Virginia Constitutional Convention: 1776
    Speaker of the House of Burgesses: 1781 (March 1-May 7)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1756-1758 Westmoreland
1758-1761 Westmoreland Propositions and Grievances
Public Claims
1761-1765 Westmoreland Public Claims
1766-1768 Westmoreland Public Claims
1769 Westmoreland Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Public Claims
Religion
1769-1771 Westmoreland Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Public Claims
Religion
1772-1774 Westmoreland Public Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Public Claims
Religion
1775-1776 Westmoreland Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Public Claims
Religion
1776 Westmoreland Public Claims (Chair)
Privileges & Elections
Religion
Trade
1777-1778 Westmoreland Public Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Religion
Trade
1778 Westmoreland Public Claims (Chair)
Privileges & Elections
1779 Westmoreland Trade (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Privileges & Elections
1780-1781 Westmoreland Trade (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1781-1782 Westmoreland Trade (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1782 Westmoreland Trade (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1783 Westmoreland Trade
Claims (November 1783) (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1784-1785 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1785-1786 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1786-1787 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1787-1788 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Commerce
Privileges & Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1788 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1789 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Privileges & Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Religion
1790 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Privileges & Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Religion
1792 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Clerk's Office
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Religion
1793 Westmoreland Claims (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
Religion

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