LEE, William Henry Fitzhugh, (grandson of Henry Lee),
a Representative from Virginia; born at Arlington House, Arlington, Va., May 31,
1837; attended private school and Harvard University; appointed second lieutenant in the Sixth
Regiment, United States Infantry, and accompanied his regiment in 1858 in the expedition to Utah;
resigned in 1859; returned to Virginia and took charge of his estates near White House, New Kent
County, in 1859; during the Civil War he raised a company of Cavalry in 1861 and joined the
Confederate service; was promoted successively from captain to major general of Cavalry; returned
to his plantation; moved to Ravensworth, near Burke Station, Va., in 1874 and engaged in agricultural
pursuits; member of the State senate 1875-1878 and served as presiding officer; served as president
of the State agricultural society; elected as a Democrat to the Fiftieth, Fifty-first, and Fifty-second
Congresses and served from March 4, 1887, until his death in Ravensworth, Va., on October 15,
1891; interment in the family burying ground at Ravensworth; reinterment in the crypt, Lee Memorial
Chapel, Washington and Lee University, at Lexington, Va., in September 1922.
BibliographyDaughtry, Mary. Gray Cavalier: The Life and
Wars of General W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2002.