Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Lee, Henry

Lee, Henry (brother of Richard Bland Lee and grandfather of William Henry Fitzhugh Lee), a Delegate and a Representative from Virginia; born at "Leesylvania," in Prince William County, Va., January 29, 1756; pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Princeton College in 1773; served in the Revolutionary War; commissioned captain of a company of Virginia Dragoons June 18, 1776, that became attached to and part of the First Continental Dragoons March 31, 1777; by a special act of Congress, April 7, 1778, in recognition of his brave and distinguished services, was promoted to a major commandant and authorized to augment his corps by the enlistment of two troops of Horse; by the act of September 24, 1779, was given the thanks of Congress "for remarkable prudence, address, and bravery displayed in the attack on the enemy’s fort and works at Paulus Hook," and in terms approved his humanity and granted him a gold medal; his battalion was designated "Lee’s partisan corps" by act of October 21, 1780; lieutenant colonel November 6, 1780, and served until the close of the war; commissioned major general, United States Army, July 19, 1798; honorably discharged June 15, 1800; became universally known as "Light Horse Harry"; Member of the Continental Congress 1785-1788; advocated the adoption of the Federal Constitution in the Virginia convention of 1788; Governor of Virginia 1791-1794; commanded the United States forces in the Whisky Insurrection in 1794; elected as a Federalist to the Sixth Congress (March 4, 1799-March 3, 1801); at the request of Congress pronounced the eulogy upon President Washington before both branches of Congress, in which Washington is characterized as the man "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen"; died on Cumberland Island, Ga., March 25, 1818; interment at Dungeness, Ga.; reinterment in the Lee Mausoleum at Lexington, Va., May 30, 1913.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Lee, Henry," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1448 Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKUQ7WVJE38CJQV.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Lee, Henry." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1448, Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKUQ7WVJE38CJQV.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Lee, Henry' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1448. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKUQ7WVJE38CJQV.