Happy little 237th birthday, USA!

Colonel Richard Lee, the "Founder" of the Lee family in America.  (Wikipedia)

Colonel Richard Lee, the “Founder” of the Lee family in America. (Wikipedia)

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the first part of the Lee Resolution, thus legally separating the new country from Great Britain.

The representatives then took up the task of debating a statement to explain what they had just done that had been written by a committee of five men – Roger Sherman, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson (principal author), John Adams and Thomas Livingston.

Here’s an interesting side note.

General Lee

Yes, Robert E. Lee was directly related to Richard Henry Lee. Interestingly, so was Zachary Taylor (and therefore Jefferson Davis, too, by marriage).

We don’t generally recall the Lee connection to our Founding Fathers, but they do in Britain, where memories are long. It is mentioned in David Starkey’s Monarchy series, though not in the part that was available on Netflix, the last time I checked.

Also, William Tecumseh Sherman was distantly related to Roger Sherman.



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