Richard Henry Lee was born on January 20, 1732, the son of one of Virginia’s oldest families. He entered the House of Burgesses at the age of 25, and for the next 17 years gave the fledgling nation his devoted service.
Richard Henry Lee – Virginia Patriot
Richard Henry Lee was in the center of every fight for American independence, openly opposing the Townshend Acts, calling them “arbitrary, unjust, and destructive of that mutual beneficial connection which every good subject would wish to see preserved.”
As early as ten years before the Declaration of Independence, Lee brought his own residence into the “Westmoreland Association”, a group of men who vowed not to buy British goods until the Stamp Act was repealed.
On June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee was the man chosen to propose independence to the Continental Congress.
“Resolved, that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be , independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
Lee’s resolution set in motion the events which led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and its signing on July 4, 1776.
In 1789, Lee became one of the first senators from Virginia, despite his objections to a strong central government. The great American patriot died on June 19, 1794.