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Richard Bland Lee

  • Birth 20 Jan 1761 Prince William County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 12 Mar 1827 Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
  • Burial Chantilly, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 10584366

U.S. Congressman. He was born in Leesylvania and was the third son of Henry Lee, II of Leesylvania, Virginia. He was the first Congressman from Northern Virginia. His brother was Lighthorse Harry Lee, Revolutionary War Officer, Virginia Governor, and father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Lee studied at private schools and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1781. He settled on part of his father's land holdings in what is now western Fairfax County, Virginia. After his father's death, he inherited the land and built a large frame house and called his estate Sully. Lee was a member of the State House of Delegates (1784-1788), elected to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (1789-1795), member of the State House of Delegates (1796-1806), and moved to Washington, D.C. about 1815. During his term, he help convince Congress to locate the Nation's Capital in Washington, D.C. President Madison appointed him a commissioner in 1816 to adjudicate claims arising out of the loss and destruction of property during the War of 1812. He was appointed by President Monroe in 1819 as a Judge in the Orphans' Court of the District of Columbia and served in that capacity until his death. He was originally interred at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C but was moved in 1978 to his estate, Sully, in Chantilly, Virginia with his wife, the former Elizabeth Collins, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who he married on June 20, 1794.

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  • Added: 7 Mar 2005
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