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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our curator, Colin Woodward, about how you can contribute to this historic project.



Commonwealth of Virginia,

Governor’s Office

The nineteenth of January, nineteen hundred and seven, will be the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of General Robert E. Lee, Virginia’s foremost and most favored son. Courteous and kindly in all his acts; brave and resolute of heart; exemplifying all Christian and kingly virtues; lofty and patriotic in purpose; heroic in achievement; endowed with a superb intellect, and an amazing genius he made his life a grand, glorious light that will illumine forever the pathway of human endeavor.

Recognizing that this great event should be properly celebrated, therefore, I, Claude A. Swanson, Governor of Virginia, do direct that all the State offices be closed on Saturday, January nineteenth, nineteen hundred and seven, and that the day be observed throughout the State as a general holiday as fixed by law, in order that just and deserved tribute may be paid to the memory of this illustrious son of Virginia.

I do further request that the Camps of Confederate Veterans, Camps of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Chapters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Patriotic and Fraternal Organizations, and the Public Schools of this State hold proper exercises commemorative of this event.

Given under my hand and under the Lesser Seal of the Commonwealth, at Richmond, this twelfth day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and six, and in the one hundred and thirty-first year of the Commonwealth.

Claude A. Swanson

By the Governor:

D. L. Eggleston

Secretary of the Commonwealth.



Source: Stratford Archives, Box 35, Folder 45, Lee Family Portraits, Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) Graphic Representations 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2021 September 16

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