Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Great Freemasons: Richard Henry Lee (January 20, 1732 – June 19, 1794)

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
That a plan of confed
eration be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

~Richard Henry Lee (January 20, 1732 – June 19, 1794), known as the Lee Resolution, or the Resolution of Independence, voted and agreed upon by the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776

Richard Henry Lee (January 20, 1732 – June 19, 1794) was an American statesman from Virginia best known for the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and his famous resolution of June 1776 led to the United States Declaration of Independence, which Lee signed. He also served a one-year term as the President of the Continental Congress, and was a United States Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as one of the first Presidents pro tempore.

(It is not definite he was a Freemason, but it is likely. Hiram Lodge No. 59, Westmoreland County, Virginia)

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