The New Student's Reference Work/Lee, Fitzhugh

Lee, Fitzhugh, an American soldier, was born in Fairfax County, Va., Nov. 19, 1835. NSRW Fitzhugh Lee.jpg
He graduated at West Point in 1856. At the Civil War he entered the Confederate service, advancing to the rank of major-general. In 1885 he was elected governor of Virginia, serving until 1890. He was appointed consul-general to Havana by President Cleveland, and was retained at that post by President McKinley. He cared for the interests of the United States with signal ability during the investigation of the destruction of the Maine and throughout the trying times preceding the Spanish-American War. In that war he served as major-general of volunteers, and after peace was declared he was made governor of the province of Havana. He was later appointed brigadier-general in the regular army, retiring in 1901. He died in 1905.