Richard Henry Lee
b.20 Jan 1732 Stratford Hall, Westmoreland, Virginia, United States
d.19 JUN 1794 Chantilly, Westmoreland County, Virginia
m. May 1722
Facts and Events
Richard Henry Lee (January 20, 1732June 19, 1794) 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 United States Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as one of the first Presidents pro tempore.
He was a member of the Lee family, a historically influential family in Virginia politics.