Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Richard Henry Lee
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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.
Richard Henry Lee - The Free Dictionary
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.