“A militia when properly formed are in fact the people themselves . . . and include . . . all men capable of bearing arms . . . The mind that aims at a select militia, must be influenced by a truly anti-republican principle.” — Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer LIII
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“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” — Richard Henry Lee, Federal Farmer XVIII, January 25, 1788
“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.