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Richard Henry Lee. Reproduction of a painting by Charles Willson Peale in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-92331).


Lee, Richard Henry (20 January 1733–19 June 1794), revolutionary, member of the Continental Congress, and U.S. senator, was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the son of Thomas Lee and Hannah Ludwell, planters. Lee studied for seven years at an academy in Wakefield, England. In 1757 he married Anne Aylett, with whom he had four children before her death in December 1768. The following summer he married Anne Gaskins Pinckard; they had five children....