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Henry (Black Horse Harry) Lee IV (28 May 1787 – 30 January 1837) was a Biographer and historian, born in Stratford, Virginia, to Major General Light Horse Harry and Matilda Lee. He was a half-brother of General Robert E. Lee. In 1808 he graduated from William and Mary College. He served as a speech writer for the statesman John C. Calhoun as well as the presidential candidate Andrew Jackson when Jackson won he helped to write the inaugural address. President Jackson rewarded Lee by a consular appointment to Algeria; the Senate, however, refused the confirmation. His remaining seven years of his life he traveled abroad dying in Paris, France.


Literary works

  • The Campaign of 1781 in the Carolinas. 1824
  • Observations on the Writings of Thomas Jefferson. 1832
  • The Life of Emperor Napoleon. 1835


On 29 March 1817 he married Anne Robinson McCarty, daughter of Daniel McCarty and Margaret Robinson. Anne and Henry had one child, Margaret, born in the Autumn of 1818 and barely two years later she died in a tragic accident [1].


  1. ^ Pryor, p. 35


  • Freeman, Douglas Southall R. E. Lee: A Biography Charles Scribner's Sons, New York and London, 1934. Ed. Bill Thayer online section at [1] Accessed February 23, 2008
  • "Lee, Henry." American Authors 1600 – 1900 H. W. Wilson Company, NY 1938.
  • Thomas Jefferson's Family Tree Accessed June 2, 2007
  • Library of Congress [2] Accessed June 2, 2007
  • Accessed August 31, 2007
  • Pryor, Elizabeth Brown, and Robert E. Lee. Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee Through His Private Letters. New York: Viking, 2007. googlebooks Retrieved March 10, 2009

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