Richard Henry Lee - Virginia Representative

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The Library of Congress states the following about Richard Henry Lee:

Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794)

Virginian Richard Henry Lee was a born aristocrat. An active participant in many key events in the Revolutionary War, Lee protested the Stamp Act in Virginia (1765), sat on the committee that named George Washington Commander-in-Chief of the Continental army (1775), and introduced the motion that led to the Declaration of Independence (1776). While in the Continental Congress (1774- 1780, 1784-1787) he also worked to stop importation of slaves into the American states.


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Quotation from the Library of Congress - "American Memory Collection."

 

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