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Richard Henry Lee finally put Independence on the table… June 7, 1776 during the Second Continental Congress. The shooting had started a year earlier making the second continental gathering all the more important. The delegates in Philadelphia understood the gravity of the situation, but matters at home kept most from expressing their true feelings. As soon as Lee received word of Virginia’s decision to back independence, he presented the resolution to Congress. The motion was quickly secon
Richard Henry Lee | Compelling orator for the cause, but critical of the outcome.
Richard Henry Lee was instrumental in the campaign for independence and was a delegate to the Continental Congress, but opposed adoption of the Constitution because he felt it restricted states’ rights. Lee served as Virginia's senator from 1789 to 1792.