Lee, Richard Henry (1732–1794), an American Patriot of the Revolutionary War era. He presented the motions in the Continental Congress that resulted in the Declaration of Independance, of which he was a signer. Lee was influential in getting the Bill of Rights (the first 10 amendments) added to the Constitution soon after its adoption.
Lee was born at Stratford, the Lee family estate, in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Francis Lightfoot Lee was his brother and Henry Lee a cousin. Lee was educated in England. When the British Parliament in 1764 began considering the Stamp Act, he was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses committee that drew up protests sent to Parliament and the king. When the act was passed, Lee organized a boycott against British goods. He was a leader in setting up the Commettees of Correspondence through which the various colonies cooperated.
Lee was one of Virginia's delegates to the first Continental Congress, where he favored stronger action than was taken. He served in Congress under the Articles of Confederation and was one of thefirst two senators from Virginia under the federal Constitution, serving 1789-92.