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Richard Henry Lee Biography
Richard Henry Lee, a descendant from an ancient and distinguished family in Virginia, was born in Westmoreland county, of that province, on January 20, 1732, two years before another brother, Francis Lightfoot Lee, who also signed the Declaration of Independence. The schools of America at that time furnished few advantages for an education and those who were able to meet the expense were accustomed to send their sons abroad for instruction. At a proper age, young Richard Henry was sent to a flourishing school at Wakesfield in the county of Yorkshire, England. The talents which he possessed, industriously employed under the guidance of respectable tutors, rendered his literary acquisitions easy and rapid; and in a few years he returned to his native country, with a mind well stored with scientific and classical knowledge.
For several years following his return to America, he continued his studies with persevering industry, greatly adding to the stock of knowledge which he had
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|1732 01/20||Birth of Richard Henry Lee|
|1776 06/07||Lees Resolution introduced to Continental Congress [URL]|
|1794 06/19||Death of Richard Henry Lee|
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The Articles of Confederation 03-01-1781
The Articles of Confederation, formally the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union, was an agreement among the 13 founding states that established the United States of America as a confederation of sovereign states and served as its first constitut
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Lees Resolution 06/07/1776
Resolution introduced in the Continental Congress by Richard Henry Lee (Virginia) proposing a Declaration of Independence, June 7, 1776. This is the resolution to congress that started the drafting of the Declaration of Indepenence.
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Letter to Samual Adams 1778/10/05
Letter from Richard Henry Lee to Samual Adams on the topic of Rights written October 5, 1787
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Quotes by Richard Henry Lee
A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves... and include all men capable of bearing arms. . . To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms.
Richard Henry Lee: Senator, First Congress
That these united Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance from the British crown, and that all political connection between America and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved....
Richard Henry Lee: Resolution for Independence to the second continental congress
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