Edmund Jennings Lee Biography, from the Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography

Edmund Jennings Lee

Note: The following is taken from volume 2 of the Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (New York, 1915; pp. 341–42), edited by Lyon Gardiner Tyler.

Lee, Edmund Jenings, born at Alexandria, then in the District of Columbia, May 3, 1797, eldest son of Edmund Jenings Lee and Sarah Lee, his wife. He received his early education at Rev. Mr. Maffet’s school in Fairfax—an institution of high repute in that day—and subsequently graduated from Princeton College, the alma water of his father. He studied law under his father, and on being admitted to the bar, engaged in practice at Wheeling, Virginia, where he remained until his marriage, then removing to Shepherdstown, where he resided the remainder of his life. He was frequently solicited to enter upon a public career, but steadfastly refused. Like others of his family and friends, he was originally opposed to secession, but went with his state when she seceded. He was too far advanced in years to enter the army. During a temporary absence both his own residence and that of his wife, nearby, were burned by the Federals. He married (first) Eliza, daughter of Capt. Abraham Shepherd, of Berkeley county; and (second) Henrietta, daughter of Daniel Bedinger, of “Bedford,” near Shepherdstown, Virginia. He died at his home “Leeland,” near Shepherdstown, August 10, 1877.

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