“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hague in Westmoreland County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Richard Henry Lee’s Grave

Richard Henry Lee’s Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
1. Richard Henry Lee’s Grave Marker
Inscription. A mile and a half north, in the Lee burying ground, is the grave of Richard Henry Lee, who died, June 19, 1794. Lee was one of the first leaders of the American Revolution. On June 7, 1776, he introduced a resolution in the Continental Congress for a declaration of independence, and argued for it, June 7–10. The Declaration was signed, July 4, 1776.
Erected 1959 by Virginia State Library. (Marker Number JT-6.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Signers of the Declaration of Independence marker series.
Location. 38° 4.205′ N, 76° 38.799′ W. Marker is in Hague, Virginia, in Westmoreland County. Marker is at the intersection of Cople Highway (Virginia Route 202) and Coles Point Road (County Route 612), on the right when traveling east on Cople Highway. Click for map. It is across from the public library. Marker is in this post office area: Hague VA 22469, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Burnt House Field (a few steps from this marker); Lee Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); Zion Baptist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nomini Hall
Two Markers on Route 202 at Route 612 North image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 30, 2009
2. Two Markers on Route 202 at Route 612 North
(approx. 2 miles away); Yeocomico Church (approx. 2.2 miles away); Washington’s Mother (approx. 2.2 miles away); McCoy Revolutionary Soldiers (approx. 2.3 miles away); War of 1812 (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hague.
Also see . . .  Richard Henry Lee. “Richard Henry Lee, brilliant orator and fiery Revolutionary leader, introduced the independence resolution in the Continental Congress, served for awhile as its President, and later became a U.S. Senator. Fearing undue centralization of power, he fought against the Constitution and led the campaign that brought inclusion of the Bill of Rights. Throughout his life, he strenuously opposed the institution of slavery. He and Francis Lightfoot Lee were the only brothers among the signers.” (Submitted on September 12, 2009.) 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
Richard Henry Lee image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
3. Richard Henry Lee
This 1795-1805 portrait of Richard Henry Lee by Charles Willson Peale hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, DC.

“On June 7, 1776, it fell to Richard Henry Lee, delegate from Virginia at the Second Continental Congress, to offer the resolution that ‘these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.’

Lee was a tobacco planter and a seasoned member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. An aristocrat with an innate sense of his natural rights, Lee had long fought England's attempts to undermine colonial liberties. From the time he first came to Congress, he had used his powerful oratory to unite his colleagues in resistance to British tyranny. Absent in Virginia (where he was helping with the formation of a new state government) when his resolution was adopted on July 2, Lee later returned to sign the Declaration of Independence.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,789 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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