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DiedOctober 12, 1870, Lexington, Virginia, United States
SpouseMary Anna Custis Lee
FactWas nominated for Broadway's 1966 Tony Award for book written with Jerome Lawrence as part of Best Musical nomination for "Mame."

Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807, in Stratford Hall, Virginia. He was the fifth child of Henry Lee III, Governor of Virginia, and his second wife, Anne Hill Carter. His father was a leading figure in the American Revolution and his mother was from one of the First Families of Virginia. He had four sisters and two brothers. His father died when he was eleven years old and his mother died when he was eighteen.

Lee was educated at home by tutors and then attended boarding school in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1825, he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He graduated second in his class in 1829 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.

Lee served in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), where he distinguished himself in battle. He was promoted to captain and brevetted to major for his actions at the Battle of Cerro Gordo. After the war, he served as superintendent of West Point (1852-1855).

In 1859, Lee was sent to Charleston, South Carolina, to help quell an insurrection by abolitionist John Brown. Brown had seized the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry and was holding hostages. Lee’s orders were to capture Brown alive, but the raid ended with Brown’s death and several of his followers wounded.

When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, Lee was offered command of the Union Army. He declined, saying that he could not fight against his native Virginia. Instead, he joined the Confederate Army and was appointed commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. He quickly proved himself to be a brilliant strategist and a master of battlefield tactics.

Lee’s greatest victory came at the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863, where he defeated a larger Union army despite being outnumbered two-to-one. His greatest defeat came at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, where his army was defeated by the Union Army of the Potomac.

In 1865, Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the Civil War. He was widely praised for his conduct during the war and for his graciousness in defeat.

After the war, Lee returned to his home in Virginia. He became president of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia. He served in that position until his death on October 12, 1870.

Lee’s net worth is estimated to be $50 million. He was paid a salary of $150,000 as president of Washington College. He also received a pension from the United States government of $20,000 per year.

Lee was married twice. His first wife was Mary Custis, the daughter of George Washington’s adopted son, John Parke Custis. They were married for thirty years and had seven children together. His second wife was Elizabeth “Betsy” Taylor, whom he married after Mary’s death in 1873. They had no children together.

Lee was tall and handsome with blue eyes and dark hair. He was an excellent horseman and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was also a talented musician and could play several instruments, including the piano and violin.

General Info

Full NameRobert E. Lee
DiedOctober 12, 1870, Lexington, Virginia, United States
EducationUnited States Military Academy


SpouseMary Anna Custis Lee
ChildrenGeorge Washington Custis Lee, William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, Robert E. Lee Jr., Eleanor Agnes Lee, Mildred Childe Lee, Anne Carter Lee, Mary Custis Lee
ParentsHenry Lee III, Anne Hill Carter Lee
SiblingsSydney Smith Lee, Henry Lee IV, Charles Carter Lee, Algernon Sidney Lee, Lucy Grymes Lee Carter, Anne Kinloch Lee Marshall, Philip Lee, Catherine Mildred Lee Childe

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1Playwright, lyricist and screenwriter, who usually worked in conjunction with Jerome Lawrence. All together, they collaborated on 39 plays. During World War II, they established the Armed Forces Radio Services, which provided entertainment and news to troops both overseas and stateside. Lee was a graduate of Wesleyan University and co-founder (with Lawrence) of the American Playwrights' Theatre in 1965.
2Brother-in-law of Elizabeth Waldo.
3Was nominated for Broadway's 1966 Tony Award for book written with Jerome Lawrence as part of Best Musical nomination for "Mame."



Inherit the Wind1999TV Movie play
Inherit the Wind1988TV Movie play
First Monday in October1981play / screenplay
Charlie's Angels1980TV Series story - 1 episode
Actor1978TV Movie
Rickles1975TV Movie play excerpt
Lincoln1975TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Mame1974Broadway musical / stage play 'Auntie Mame' - as Lee
Inherit the Wind1965TV Movie play
Shangri-La1960TV Movie musical libretto / play
Inherit the Wind1960play
West PointTV Series 29 episodes, 1956 - 1957 teleplay - 1 episode, 1956
The Halls of Ivy1955TV Series 2 episodes
Your Favorite StoryTV Series teleplay - 7 episodes, 1953 adaptation - 5 episodes, 1953 writer - 3 episodes, 1953 original story - 1 episode, 1954
The UnexpectedTV Series 1 episode, 1952 writer - 23 episodes, 1952 teleplay - 1 episode, 1952 written by - 1 episode, 1952
Tonight on Broadway1948TV Series book - 1 episode


Auntie Mame1958adapted for the stage by
Your Favorite StoryTV Series production consultant - 12 episodes, 1953 literary consultant - 4 episodes, 1953 - 1955 literary consultants - 1 episode, 1953
The UnexpectedTV Series production consultant - 19 episodes, 1952 production coordinator - 2 episodes, 1952 story consultant - 1 episode, 1952 production counsellor - 1 episode, 1952

Production Manager

Your Favorite Story1953TV Series production consultant - 2 episodes
The Unexpected1952TV Series production consultant - 5 episodes


Shangri-La1960TV Movie lyrics: "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Lost Horizon", "The Man I Never Met", "The World Outside", "I'm Just a Little Bit Confused", "Second Time in Love", "Walk Sweet", "Love Is What I Never Knew", "Shangri-La", "Man in the Dark", "Men Are Only Boys Grown Tall"
The Ed Sullivan Show1956TV Series lyrics - 1 episode


Corwin1996TV MovieHimself


Won Awards

1984Valentine Davies AwardWriters Guild of America, USA

Nominated Awards

1982WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Comedy Adapted from Another MediumFirst Monday in October (1981)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Special Program - Drama or Comedy - AdaptationActor (1978)

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