A Popular Government Cannot Flourish Without Virtue

Richard Henry Lee

“It is certainly true that a popular government cannot flourish without virtue in the people.” — Richard Henry Lee (January 20, 1732 – June 19, 1794) was an American statesman from Virginia best known for the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies’ independence from Great Britain. He was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation and his famous resolution of June 1776 led to the United States Declaration of Independence, which Lee signed. He also served a one-year term as the President of the Continental Congress, and was a U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as one of the first Presidents pro tempore of the United States Senate. He was also related to Confederate general Robert E. Lee.



Filed under Character, Democratic Republic, Richard Henry Lee, Virtue

2 responses to “A Popular Government Cannot Flourish Without Virtue

  1. He was also the brother of Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. And if his resolution that you refer to is the Leedstown Resolves, please take note that this was signed in 1766 not 1776. Typos like this can spark a revolution of their own around these parts. I speak from experience!

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