Henry Lee was a soldier and statesman during the American Revolution
and after. Born on January 29, 1756 at Leesylvania in Prince William County, Virginia, Lee joined the Virginia cavalry in 1776. The next year, his company joined George Washington
's army. In 1778, he was made a major and put in charge of a cavalry trooop called "Lee's Legion," which he led on a daring raid on the British post at Paulus Hook (now Jersey City
) NJ. As a lieutenant colonel in 1780, he fought under General Nathanael Greene
After the war, Lee served as governor of Virginia. He commanded the troops sent to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion. As a member of the Franklin Pierce, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1799 to 1801. He wrote the famous epitaph for Washington, "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen."
In later life, Lee fell into debt and was imprisoned in 1808 and 1809. He never recovered from an 1812 injury and died in 1818. Henry Lee was the father of Robert E. Lee, Confederate general.