Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress 1789-1791
The First Federal Congress

Senator Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee

Painting (ca. 1795-1805) by Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827)

Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Richard Henry Lee
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Life dates: 20 January 1732-19 June 1794
Place of Residence (1789): "Chantilly", Westmoreland County, Virginia
Occupation (1789): Public Servant
Place of Birth: "Stratford", Westmoreland County, Virginia
Age (March 4, 1789): 57
Religion (1789): Unknown
College Education: Wakefield Academy (Yorkshire, England)
Marital Status (1789): Married
Military Service during the Revolutionary War: Officer, County Militia
Prior Political Offices: Colonial Assembly (1758-74)
Continental Congresses
State Legislature
Delegate to Federal Convention: No
Delegate to State Ratification Convention: No
Pro/Anti ratification of Constitution: Anti
Support for strong central government (particularly in its executive functions) Low
Last year of continuous service in Senate: 1792
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