Richard Henry Lee Sr.

Birth8 Oct 1801 Mason County, Kentucky, USA
Death21 Jul 1853 (aged 51) Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA

Richard Henry Lee, son of Henry Lee, of Washington, Mason County, Kentucky, was born on October 8, 1801, and entered Yale at the opening of Sophomore year.

After graduation he studied and practiced law, and after engaging in other pursuits conducted with ability the Eagle, a journal in Maysville, in his native county. Subsequently, he went to Washington, and after the Hon. Thomas Corwin entered President Fillmore’s cabinet in 1850 as Secretary of the Treasury, he became his private secretary.

About the beginning of 1853 he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he became the senior editor and publisher of the Cincinnati Commercial.

He died in Cincinnati from an attack of dysentery on July 21, 1853, in his 52d year. His wife and all of his children except one daughter were in Europe at the time of his death.

—Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Notices of Graduates of Yale College (New Haven, Connecticut, 1913), p. 61.


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