Richard Henry Lee was born in this Virginia home, Stratford Hall. Lee was appointed to frame the Declaration of Rights of the Colonies, which he introduced before the Continental Congress on June 7, 1776:
“…That these united Colonies are, and ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance from the British crown, and than all political connection between America and State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved…”
On July 2 of 1776, the bill was adopted, officially dissolving all ties with England. Two days later, on July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was ratified and the American Revolution became a reality.
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