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  Lee, Fitzhugh
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AffiliationDemocratic  
  1895-01-01  
 
NameFitzhugh Lee
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Stafford County, Virginia , United States
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Born November 19, 1835
DiedApril 28, 1905 (69 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
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Aug 21, 2019 12:59am
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InfoFITZHUGH LEE was born in Clermont, Fairfax County, Virginia. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1856, then taught calvalry tactics at West Point, but resigned to offer his services to Virginia, where he was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Regiment of the Virginia Calvary. He rose in rank to Major General and was given command of the Cavalry Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia, where he surrendered his troops in April, 1865. Lee was elected governor in 1885. During his administration, greater emphasis was placed on industrialization in the state and he was a strong supporter of Virginia's public school system. After leaving office, he made an unsuccessful bid for nomination by the Democratic Party to the U.S. Senate but was later appointed Consul-General to Havana, Cuba. At that time, revolutionary fervor was strong against the Spanish, but Lee exercised restraint in the effort to protect American interests in Cuba. When it was decided to send a war vessel to Havana, he cabled the State Department recommending against it but was informed that a ship had already been dispatched. Subsequent to the sinking of that ship--the Maine--Lee was confirmed Major General of Volunteers and became Brigadier General of Volunteers during the Spanish-American War, retiring in 1901. He authored "Chancellorsville," an account in the Southern Historical Society Papers (1879) and General Lee (1894).


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Father Sydney Smith Lee 1802-1869
Grandfather Henry Lee III 1756-1818
Great-Grandfather Henry Lee II 1730-1787
Grand Uncle Charles Lee 1758-1815
Grand Uncle Richard B. Lee 1761-1827
Uncle Robert E. Lee 1805-1870
1st Cousin W. H. F. "Rooney" Lee 1837-1891
Mother Anna Maria Lee 1811-1898
Grandfather John Mason 1766-1849
Great-Grandfather George Mason 1725-1792
Uncle James M. Mason 1798-1871

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