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Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee American History Biographies Government Law and Politics American Revolution

Richard Henry Lee (1732-1794) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. 

One year after sponsoring the resolution to declare the American Colonies free of British rule, he wrote America's first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation.  It was issued by Congress at York, Pennsylvania on October 31, 1777.


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