LEE, William Henry Fitzhugh (1837-1891)

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.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1879. 1 letter.
Papers: In De Butts-Ely collection of Robert E. Lee family papers, 1749-1916. 4 containers.
Photocopies of originals privately owned. Also on microfilm (3 reels). Index. Restricted.

Papers: In Beverly Middleton collection of Robert E. Lee family papers (microfilm), 1755-1896. 1 reel.
Originals privately owned.


University of Virginia Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1845-[1891?]. ca. 15 items in various collections.
Personal and business papers and correspondence and photographs, including papers on local politics. Finding aids in repository.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: In Lee family papers, 1761-1918. 6 volumes and 742 items.

  • Daughtry, Mary. Gray Cavalier: The Life and Wars of General W.H.F. "Rooney" Lee. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2002.
  • Edmunds, Paul C. Memorial Address on the Life and Character of General William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, of Virginia, in the House of Representatives, Saturday, February 6, 1892. Washington: N.p., 1892.