Lee, Francis Lightfoot

Lee, Francis Lightfoot, 1734–97, political leader in the American Revolution, signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. Westmoreland co., Va. brother of Arthur, Richard H., and William Lee. While a member of the house of burgesses (1758–76), he urged resistance to Great Britain in the disturbances leading to the Revolution. He served in the Continental Congress (1775–79) and the Virginia senate (1780–82), and later he supported the U.S. Constitution.

See B. J. Hendrick, The Lees of Virginia (1935).

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