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Within the House, the two principal positions were that of Speaker and Treasurer. By far, the most important position was that of Speaker—literally the spokesman for the House: communicating resolutions, thanks, reprimands and serving as liaison with the Council. As may be expected the most lucrative position was that of Treasurer, who was paid a percentage of all money circulating through his office. From Richard Henry's viewpoint the most obvious deficiency in the system was the combination of these two offices, between 1738 and 1766, in one man, Robinson—his antagonist.

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Despite his public disavowal of slavery, like other planters, Lee maintained slaves on his own plantation. In fact, of 410 slave owners within Westmoreland County, only seventeen owned more than Richard Henry who retained forty-three slaves on his Chantilly plantation. Inheriting from his father forty slaves over ten years old and several others under that age, Richard Henry owned approximately the same number of slaves throughout his lifetime. Owning slaves in and of itself would not have been cause for criticism, for even the most vociferous of the planters regarding slavery as an evil held slaves. Lee, however, went further than the majority of his fellow planters and formulated a plan for selling slaves.

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LEE, Richard Henry, (brother of Arthur Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and great–grandfather of Blair Lee), a Delegate and a Senator from Virginia; born at "Stratford," in Westmoreland County, Va., January 20, 1732; after a course of private instruction attended Wakefield Academy, England; returned in 1751; justice of the peace for Westmoreland County 1757; member, house of burgesses 1758-1775; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1779; sponsor of the independence resolution; a signer of the Declaration of Independence; author of the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation issued by Congress at York, Pa., October 31, 1777; member, State house of delegates 1777, 1780, 1785; served as colonel of the Westmoreland Militia; again a Member of the Continental Congress 1784-1785 and 1787 and served as President of the Congress in 1784; member of the Virginia convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in 1788; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1789, until his resignation October 8, 1792; served as President pro tempore during the Second Congress; retired from public life; died at his home, "Chantilly," Westmoreland County, Va., June 19, 1794; interment in the old family burying ground at "Mount Pleasant," near Hague, Westmoreland County, Va.

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Sharing with his family a finely developed sense of moral rectitude, Richard Henry frequently engaged in public battles for idealistic causes. Self-righteousness permeated his writings. Permanently affected by his fraternal relationships and the seemingly interminable struggle for his siblings' inheritance, Lee was always righteously indignant over what he perceived as abuses of privilege. Envious of others' privileges, his actions were at least partially influenced by his anger. Although sanctimonious and self-evidently ethically correct in his views, Richard Henry, in his bitterness, was often blatantly opportunistic. Disappointed repeatedly in his bid for lucrative public appointments, he shamelessly foraged for alternative sources of income.

Chitwood, Oliver Perry. Richard H. Lee, Statesman of the Revolution. Morgantown: West Virginia University Library, 1967.

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Maier, Pauline. "A Virginian as Revolutionary: Richard Henry Lee." In The Old Revolutionaries: Political Lives in the Age of Samuel Adams, pp. 164-200. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.


Matthews, John Carter. Richard Henry Lee. Edited by Edward M. Riley. Williamsburg: Virginia Independence Bicentennial Commission, 1978.