Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee (January 20, 1732  June 19, 1794) was an American statesman and Founding Father from Virginia, best known for the June 1776 Lee Resolution, the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain leading to the United States Declaration of Independence, which he signed. He also served a one-year term as the President of the Continental Congress, was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation, and was a United States Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as the second President pro tempore of the upper house.

Richard Henry Lee
Portrait of Lee by Charles Willson Peale
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
April 18, 1792  October 8, 1792
Preceded byJohn Langdon
Succeeded byJohn Langdon
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
March 4, 1789  October 8, 1792
Preceded byInaugural Holder
Succeeded byJohn Taylor
4th President of the Congress of the Confederation
In office
November 30, 1784  November 4, 1785
Preceded byThomas Mifflin
Succeeded byJohn Hancock
Delegate to the
Congress of the Confederation
from Virginia
In office
November 1, 1784  October 30, 1787
Member of the
Virginia House of Burgesses
from Westmoreland County
In office
September 14, 1758  May 6, 1776
Preceded byAugustine Washington
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born(1732-01-20)January 20, 1732
Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia, British America
DiedJune 19, 1794(1794-06-19) (aged 62)
Westmoreland County, Virginia, U.S.
Resting placeBurnt House Fields, Lee Family Estate, Coles Point, Westmoreland County, Virginia
Political partyAnti-Administration
Spouse(s)Anne Aylett (died 1768)
Anne (Gaskins) Pinckard
Children13
ParentsThomas Lee
Hannah Harrison Ludwell
ProfessionLaw
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He was a member of the Lee family, a historically influential family in Virginia politics.