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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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John Quincy Adams

6th U.S. President

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Miliscent of Rethel

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Abigail (Smith) Adams

First Lady of President John Adams

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Miliscent of Rethel

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Godfrey, Count of Namur

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Robert Abell

(c1605 - 1663)
Great Migration Immigrant 1630

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Hugh, Count of Rethel

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William Sargent

(c1602 - 1682)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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William Wentworth

(c1616 - 1696/7)
Great Migration Immigrant 1638

19th cousin
via Miliscent of Rethel

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General James Longstreet

Confederate Army - U.S. Civil War

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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Jonathan Swift

Author of Gulliver's Travels

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Godfrey, Count of Namur

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Jonathan Swift

Author of Gulliver's Travels

20th cousin 1 time removed
via Hugh, Count of Rethel

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John Dryden

England's First Poet Laureate

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Godfrey, Count of Namur

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John Dryden

England's First Poet Laureate

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Hugh, Count of Rethel

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Edward Lloyd V

13th Governor of Maryland

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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Charles Goldsborough

16th Governor of Maryland

19th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard de Camville

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Robert Catesby

Leader of Gunpowder Plot

14th cousin 5 times removed
via Richard de Camville

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Eliphalet Adams Bulkeley

Founder of Aetna Insurance

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Miliscent of Rethel

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Michael Strahan

NFL Player and TV Personality

12th cousin 8 times removed
via Richard FitzAlan

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

13th cousin 2 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

16th cousin 5 times removed
via Isabelle of Angoulême

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

15th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Robert de Ros

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

15th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Grey of Rotherfield

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Saher IV de Quincy

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir James de Audley

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Roger le Bigod

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Henry Plantagenet

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

12th cousin 8 times removed
via Elizabeth de Badlesmere

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