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Arthur LEE

(1740-1792)

LEE, Arthur, (brother of Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee), a Delegate from Virginia; born at “Stratford,” in Westmoreland County, Va., December 20, 1740; attended Eton College, England; studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and was graduated in 1765; returned to London in 1766 and studied law at Temple Bar 1766-1770; was admitted to the bar and practiced in London 1770-1776; commissioned as agent of Massachusetts in England and France in 1770; appointed correspondent of Congress in London in 1775; commissioner to France in 1776 and to Spain in 1777; returned to Virginia in 1780; member of the state house of delegates 1781-1783, 1785, and 1786; Member of the Continental Congress 1782-1784; member of the treasury board 1785-1789; died in Urbanna, Middlesex County, Va., on December 12, 1792; interment in Lansdowne Garden, in the rear of “Lansdowne,” his home, at Urbanna, Va.

Bibliography

Potts, Louis W. Arthur Lee, A Virtuous Revolutionary. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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