The Resource Certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati

Certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati

Label
Certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati, 1785 Oct. 10
Title
Certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati
Inclusive dates
1785 Oct. 10
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Membership certificate, 10 October 1785, issued to Henry Lee, Jr. for admittance in the Society of the Cincinnati. Includes signatures of Henry Knox (1750-1806), secretary-general, and George Washington (1732-1799), president
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
Henry Lee was born 29 January 1756 in Prince William County, Virginia to Henry Lee (1729-1787) and Lucy Grymes Lee. Lee graduated from Princeton College in 1773. After graduation, he handled business affairs for his absent father and considered travelling to England to study law. However, with the outbreak of the American Revolution, he entered the military. An excellent leader, he earned the nickname "Lighthorse Harry." After the Revolution, Lee served as a representative to the Continental Congress (1785-1788), Governor of Virginia (1791-1794), member from Westmoreland County in the House of Delegates (1785-1786, 1789-1791, 1795-1799), and as an United States Congressman (1799-1801). He also served in the federal ratifying convention in 1788. Lee proved less adept at business than at war or politics, and descended into debt in the early 1800s. After serving time in prison for debt, Lee left his family to travel to the West Indies to recover his health in 1813 and died upon returning to the United States in 1818. Lee married 1st, Matilda Lee (d. 1790) in April 1782, and they had 2 children. He married 2nd, Ann Hill Carter (1773-1829) 18 June 1793, and they had 6 children, including Robert E. Lee (1807-1870). Henry Lee died 25 March 1818 at Cumberland Island, Georgia, and originally was buried there. He since has been reinterred in the Lee family vault in the Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Cataloging source
Vi
Label
Certificate of membership in the Society of the Cincinnati
Note
Located in oversize box 60
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
1
Immediate source of acquisition
Byrd, Harry F., Governor
Ownership
George Taylor Lee deposited the certificate on loan to the State Archives in 1928 with the stipulation that any successor to his right of membership in the society might reclaim it. His grandson, George Taylor Lee III, reclaimed it in 1977 and allowed the Archives to make this negative photostat.
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000488036
Reproduction note
Photostat (negative).
Type of unit
leaf.

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