Richard Henry Lee

No family became so closely associated with Virginia than the Lees. Richard Henry was one of two Lee brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence and one of five who served simultaneously in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Epileptic and accident prone, fiercely loyal to his family even to his own hurt, his elegant manner did not prevent Lee from leading the fight against English tyranny side by side with his co-conspirator Patrick Henry. Missing four fingers on one hand due to a swan hunting accident, he held a black silk kerchief in his hand, which gave additional flourish to his accomplished and powerful oratory.