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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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Michael Lookinland

TV Actor

10th cousin 9 times removed
via Elizabeth Fitzalan

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

14th cousin 7 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

14th cousin 7 times removed
via William de Ros

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Bartholomew de Badlesmere

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Sir Gilbert de Clare

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Bob Moore

Co-Founder, Bob's Red Mill

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Beatrice de Beauchamp

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

13th cousin 8 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

11th cousin 7 times removed
via Sir Ralph Neville

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

2nd cousin 6 times removed
via Col. Richard Lee

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Parker Stevenson

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir John Savage

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DuBose Heyward

Author of Porgy (Porgy & Bess)

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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DuBose Heyward

Author of Porgy (Porgy & Bess)

13th cousin 7 times removed
via Margaret de Audley

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Humphrey Bogart

Movie Actor

12th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard Fitzalan

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Louis Auchincloss

Author

10th cousin 6 times removed
via Elizabeth Fitzalan

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Paget Brewster

TV Actress

10th cousin 8 times removed
via Sir Robert Goushill

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

12th cousin 7 times removed
via Richard Fitzalan

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

12th cousin 6 times removed
via Richard Fitzalan

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Mary Winthrop Gooding

Prolific Mayflower Descendant

10th cousin 5 times removed
via Elizabeth Fitzalan

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Margot Kidder

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 8 times removed
via Elizabeth Fitzalan

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Geena Davis

Movie and TV Actress

10th cousin 8 times removed
via Elizabeth Fitzalan

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George Herbert

8th Earl of Carnarvon
Owner, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey)

11th cousin 8 times removed
via Stephen le Scrope

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George Herbert

8th Earl of Carnarvon
Owner, Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey)

13th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir Baldwin Freville

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

16th cousin 5 times removed
via John, King of England

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

15th cousin 5 times removed
via Sir James de Audley

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William Henry Moore

Co-Founder, U.S. Steel and Nabisco

11th cousin 4 times removed
via Stephen le Scrope

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