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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 2 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Lee, Thomas Ludwell 1730-1777 (search)
Lee, Thomas Ludwell 1730-1777 Statesman, born in Stratford, Westmoreland co., Va., in 1730; a brother of Richard Henry Lee. During the preliminary movements of the Revolutionary War he was conspicuous as a lawyer and patriot. He was a member of the committee of safety, and in the Virginia convention, in May, 1776, was on the committee to draft a declaration of rights and a plan of a State government. On the organization of that government, he was appointed one of the five revisers, and was also elected one of the five judges of the General Court. He died in 1777.
ry great proportion of them lived to exceeding old age. They were now to decide whether Virginia demanded independence, and if so, they were to establish a commonwealth; and in making this decision they moved like a pillar of fire in front of the whole country. When the delegates had assembled and appointed a clerk, Richard Bland recommended Edmund Pendleton to be chosen president, and was seconded by Archibald Cary; while Thomas Johnson of Louisa, and Bartholomew Dandridge proposed Thomas Ludwell Lee. For a moment there was something like an array of parties, but it instantly subsided; Virginia showed her greatness by her moderation, and gave to the world new evidence that the revolution sprung from necessity, by placing in the chair Pendleton, the most cautious and conservative among the patriots. The convention, after having been employed for some days on current business, resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the state of the colony; and on the fifteenth Archibald
he fourth son, married a Ludwell--one of the most influential families in the Colony. The issue of this marriage was six sons.--Philip Ludwell, Thomas Ludwell, Richard Henry, Francis Lightfoot, William and Arthur — and two daughters. Philip Ludwell Lee married a Miss. Stepton. He succeeded his father on the estate of Stratford, in Westmoreland. He left two daughters. Matilda, the eldest, married General Henry Lee, of the Revolution; and Flora married Mr. Ludwell Lee, of Loudoun. Thomas Ludwell Lee settled in Stafford, and married a Miss. Aylett. Richard Henry Lee was educated in England. He married, first, a Miss Aylett, and then a Miss Pinkard. Francis Lightfoot Lee was almost as distinguished in the Revolutionary period as an orator and a statesman as his brother. He married the daughter of Colonel John Tayloe, of Richmond county. The fifth son, William, was sheriff and alderman of the city of London. Arthur, the sixth and youngest son, as a scholar, writer, philosopher