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Richard Henry Lee

Richard Henry Lee was an American statesman and Founding Father from Virginia best known for the June 1776 Lee Resolution, the motion in the Second Continental Congress calling for the colonies' independence from Great Britain leading to the United States Declaration of Independence, which he signed. He served a one-year term as the President of the Continental Congress, was a signatory to the Articles of Confederation, was a United States Senator from Virginia from 1789 to 1792, serving during part of that time as the second President pro tempore of the upper house, he was a member of the Lee family, a influential family in Virginia politics. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Col. Thomas Lee and Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee on January 20, 1732, he was raised and came from a line of military officers and legislators. His father, Thomas Lee, was the governor of Virginia before his death in 1750. Lee spent most of his early life in Virginia with his family at Stratford Hall. Here he was tutored and taught in a variety of skills, witnessed the beginning of political career as his father sent him around to neighboring planters with the intention for Lee to become associated with neighboring men of like prominence.

In 1748, at 16, Lee left Virginia for Yorkshire, England, to complete his formal education at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield. Both of his parents died in 1750 and, in 1753, after touring Europe, he returned to Virginia to help his brothers settle the estate his parents had left behind. In 1757, Lee was appointed justice of the peace in Westmoreland County. In 1758 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. An early advocate of independence, Lee became one of the first to create Committees of Correspondence among the many independence-minded Americans in the various colonies. In 1766 ten years before the American Revolutionary War, Lee is credited with having authored the Westmoreland Resolution, publicly signed by prominent landowners who met at Leedstown, Westmoreland County, Virginia on February 27, 1766; this resolution was signed by four brothers of George Washington as well as Gilbert Campbell. In August 1774, Lee was chosen as a delegate to the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

In Lee's Resolution on June 7, 1776 during the Second Continental Congress, Lee put forth the motion to the Continental Congress to declare Independence from Great Britain, which read: Resolved: That these United Colonies are, of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, ought to be dissolved. Lee had returned to Virginia by the time Congress voted on and adopted the Declaration of Independence, but he signed the document when he returned to Congress. Lee was elected sixth president of Congress under the Articles of Confederation on November 30, 1784, in the French Arms Tavern, New Jersey. Congress convened on January 11, 1785, in the old New York City Hall, with Lee presiding until November 23, 1785. Although he was not paid a salary, his household expenses were covered in the amount of $12,203.13. Lee abhorred the notion of imposing federal taxes and believed that continuing to borrow foreign money was imprudent.

Throughout his term, he maintained that the states should relinquish their claims in the Northwest Territory, enabling the federal government to fund its obligations though land sales. He wrote to friend and colleague Samuel Adams: I hope we shall shortly finish our plan for disposing of the western Lands to discharge the oppressive public debt created by the war & I think that if this source of revenue be rightly managed, that these republics may soon be discharged from that state of oppression and distress that an indebted people must invariably feel. Debate began on the expansion of Thomas Jefferson's survey method. On May 3, 1785, William Grayson of Virginia made a motion, seconded by James Monroe, to change "seven miles square" to "six miles square." The Land Ordinance of 1785 passed on May 20, 1785, yet the federal government lacked the resources to manage the newly surveyed lands. Not only did Native Americans refuse to relinquish their hold on the platted territory, but much of the remaining land was occupied by squatters.

With Congress unable to muster magistrates or troops to enforce the dollar-per-acre title fee, Lee's plan failed, although the survey system developed under the Land Ordinance of 1785 has endured. Justice of the Peace for Westmoreland County, Virginia Virginia House of Burgesses Member of the Continental Congress A Signer of the Declaration of Independence Virginia House of Delegates President of the Confederation Congress United States Senator from Virginia President pro tempore during the Second Congress Lee was the son of Col. Thomas Lee, Hon. of "Stratford Hall", Westmoreland Co. Virginia. Thomas married Hannah Harrison Ludwell. Lee married first on December 5, 1757, Anne Aylett, daughter of William Aylett and Elizabeth Eskridge. Anne died December 1768 at Chantille, Westmoreland Co.. Virginia; the couple had six children. Lee July 1769 to Anne Pinckard; the couple had seven children, fi

Vanessa Claire Stewart

Vanessa Claire Stewart is an American actress and writer. Born in New Orleans, Vanessa Claire Stewart attended Webster Conservatory for the Performing Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating, she won a spot as a student at the Oxford School of Drama in England, she moved to Los Angeles in 1999 where she married her first husband, Lance Arthur Smith. They divorced in 2005. In 2009, while performing at the Geffen Playhouse, she met actor French Stewart, they married in 2011 and had a daughter, Helene Claire, in 2013. Once remarried, she took the surname Stewart. Stewart lives in California. In 2004, Stewart received an LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Leading Female Performance, for her gender-bending portrayal of Alex in Los Angeles director Brad Mays' controversial multi-media production of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange at the ARK Theatre Company in 2003, she directed the popular Return to the Forbidden Planet while at ARK. In 2010, she received an LA Weekly Theatre Award, a Garland and an Ovation Award for Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara, in which she portrayed legendary jazz vocalist Keely Smith.

In 2012, Stewart wrote Stoneface for Sacred Fools Theater Company, about the life of Buster Keaton, starring her husband French Stewart. Stoneface won the 2013 LA Weekly award for best production. Stoneface appeared in the 2013–2014 season at Pasadena Playhouse. In 2015, thanks to theater producer Hershey Felder and Keely: Live at the Sahara moved to a commercial run in Chicago at the Royal George Theater starring Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello as Louis Prima; the run began April 9 and closed eight weeks on May 17. An additional run at Laguna Playhouse was announced for February 2016. Stewart has appeared in various film and television productions, including Chase The Slut, Shakespeare's Merchant, Joan of Arcadia, Rules of Engagement, The List. Ovation Awards 2009: Won the award for Lead Actress in a Musical for the role of Keely Smith in "Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara" Vanessa Claire Stewart on IMDb

Brown Peak (Sturge Island)

Brown Peak is a stratovolcano and the highest point of the Balleny Islands. It is situated on the northern part of Sturge Island. John Balleny discovered Brown Peak in February 1839, named it for W. Brown, a merchant who provided financial support to the Enderby Brothers' expedition. In 1841, Captain James Clark Ross, who sighted the islands on his own expedition to Antarctica, gave it the name Russell Peak. Satellite imagery suggests that an eruption occurred on or about 12 June 2001. List of volcanoes in Antarctica LeMasurier, W. E.. Volcanoes of the Antarctic Plate and Southern Oceans. American Geophysical Union. Pp. 512 pp. ISBN 0-87590-172-7. "Brown Peak". Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. "Brown Peak". Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica. Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research