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Richard Bland LEE

(1761-1827)

LEE, Richard Bland, (brother of Henry Lee), a Representative from Virginia; born at “Leesylvania,” in Prince William County, Va., January 20, 1761; pursued English and classical studies in private schools; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; member of the state house of delegates 1784-1788; elected as a Pro-Administration candidate to the First, Second, and Third Congresses (March 4, 1789-March 3, 1795); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1794 to the Fourth Congress; again a member of the state house of delegates 1796 and 1799-1806; moved to Washington, D.C., about 1815; appointed by President Madison in 1816 commissioner to adjudicate claims arising out of the loss or destruction of property during the War of 1812; appointed by President Monroe in 1819 judge of the Orphans’ Court of the District of Columbia and served until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 1827; interment in the Congressional Cemetery; reinterment on the grounds of his home, ‘’Sully,” near Chantilly, Va.

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

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