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LEE, Richard Bland

1761–1827

Biography

LEE, Richard Bland, (brother of Henry Lee), a Representative from Virginia; born at "Leesylvania," in Prince William County, Va., January 20, 1761; pursued English and classical studies in private schools; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; member of the state house of delegates 1784-1788; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1795); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1794 to the Fourth Congress; again a member of the state house of delegates 1796 and 1799-1806; moved to Washington, D.C., about 1815; appointed by President Madison in 1816 commissioner to adjudicate claims arising out of the loss or destruction of property during the War of 1812; appointed by President Monroe in 1819 judge of the Orphans' Court of the District of Columbia and served until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 1827; interment in the Congressional Cemetery; reinterment on the grounds of his home, "Sully," near Chantilly, Va.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 2 letters.

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: At least 1 item (1789).

Haverford College Library

Haverford, PA
Papers: At least 1 item (1789) in the Charles Roberts autograph collection.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1700-1825. 1 container.
Papers: In Lee family of Virginia papers, 1753-1927. 4 containers.
Papers: In Ethel Armes collection of Lee family of Virginia papers, 1716-1937. 2 containers. Photocopies of originals privately owned and in various repositories.

New York Public Library

New York, NY
Papers: At least 3 items (1789-1791) in miscellaneous papers.

Richmond Academy of Medicine

Richmond, VA
Papers: At least 1 item (1790) in the Joseph Lyon Miller collection.

University of Virginia Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1789-1826. At least 25 items in Lee family and other papers. Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence. Partially photocopies of originals in Stratford Hall. Finding aids to collections.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: 1794-1836. 65 items. Family correspondence. Collection analyzed by repository.

Virginia State Library and Archives
Archives Branch

Richmond, VA
Papers: 12 items in the William Hodgson letter book (1803-1807) and letters (1815-1820) from J.A. Smith. Personal and business papers and correspondence. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lee, Richard Bland. An oration, delivered July 5, 1819, in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. [Washington: N.p., 1819].

------. To the freeholders of the district of Prince William, Fairfax, and Loudoun. [Philadelphia: N.p., 1796].

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