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Richard Henry Lee

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Richard Henry Lee

Signer of the Declaration of Independence


Who was Richard Henry Lee?

Richard Henry Lee was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first legislative body of elected officials in North America. Richard, along with his brother Francis Lightfoot Lee, were signatories of both the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence as representatives of Virginia. The Articles of Confederation was an agreement among the 13 American colonies that served as the first U.S. constitution until it was replaced by the current U.S. Constitution.

Famous Kin

Richard Henry Lee was a member of the famous Lee family which is among those families referred to as the First Families of Virginia. Famous members of this family include Henry Lee III, 9th Governor of Virginia, and Henry’s son Confederate General Robert E. Lee. He has a number of fellow signers of the Declaration of Independence in his family tree including his brother Francis Lightfoot Lee, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison V, Thomas Nelson, Caesar Rodney, Robert Treat Paine, Roger Sherman, William Floyd, William Ellery, William Whipple, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and Philip Livingston.

Richard Henry Lee’s ancestry can be traced back through direct descents from William the Conqueror, King Edward I, and a number of Magna Charta Sureties. Connections to the current royal family include Queen Elizabeth II, the late Princess Diana, and Catherine Middleton. His U.S. Presidential kin include, but is not limited to, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford B. Hayes, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barack Obama, and both Presidents Bush.

Celebrity kin of Richard Henry Lee include actor Edward Norton, singer and songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, actor Brad Pitt, actress Katharine Hepburn, radio and TV host Dick Clark, actor Matt Damon, TV science guy Bill Nye, and actor Benedict Cumberbatch. Some of his historically significant kin include author and activist Helen Keller, polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd, WWII General George S. Patton, boxing champion Muhammad Ali, explorer Meriwether Lewis, poet Robert Frost, artist Norman Rockwell and astronaut Alan Shepard.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Richard Henry Lee

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir William de Ros

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

11th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

12th cousin 6 times removed
via Eleanor Fitzhugh

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Robert de Holland

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Katherine de Hastang

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard Charlton

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Thomas Stanley

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Thomas Bradbury

(c1610/11 - 1694/5)
Great Migration Immigrant 1635

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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George Washington

1st U.S. President

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Meriwether Lewis

Lewis and Clark Expedition

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Harriet Martineau

Author of The Hour and the Man

17th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Henry Sturgis Morgan

Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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J.P. Morgan, Jr.

American Banker and Philanthropist

19th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General George S. Patton

U.S. Army - World War II

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Lizzie Borden

Accused Murderess

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

11th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Francis Scott Key

Author of “The Star Spangled Banner”

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Grover Cleveland

22nd and 24th U.S. President

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Samuel Prescott

Completed Paul Revere's Midnight Ride

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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General Douglas MacArthur

U.S. Army - World War II

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Joseph Bolles

(c1608 - 1678)
Great Migration Immigrant 1639

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

American Poet

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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Thomas Nelson

Signer of the Declaration of Independence

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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William Floyd

Signer of the Declaration of Independence

19th cousin
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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George Mason

Father of the U.S. Bill of Rights

16th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Richard FitzRoy

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