Richard Henry Lee of Virginia was a signatory on the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation but was one of the leading opponents of the Constitution. Elected to the House of Burgesses in 1757, he was one of the radical members who met after the royal governor dissolved it. Noted for his oratory skills, he offered the resolution for Independence in 1776 to the Continental Congress in which he served from 1774 to 1779. Lee served in the Confederation Congress from 1784 to 1785 and in 1787, and in the Senate from 1789 to 1792. In 1784, he was elected president of Congress. He favored strong states’ rights throughout his political career.
First Federal Congress 1781-1789
The Continental Congress met between 1774-1785. This was followed by the Confederation Congress, under the Articles of Confederation which existed between 1785-1789. The First United States Congress, also known as the First Federal Congress, consisted of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives, which met between, March 4, 1789 and March 4, 1791.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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