|House of Burgesses|
Serving with George Eskridge
|Preceded by||Daniel McCarty|
|Succeeded by||Daniel McCarty Jr.|
|Council of State of Virginia|
|Royal Governor of Virginia|
|Preceded by||William Gooch|
|Succeeded by||Robert Dinwiddie|
Mount Pleasant at Machodoc River, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia
|Died||November 14, 1750 (aged 59-60)|
Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia
|Spouse(s)||Hannah Harrison Ludwell|
|Children||Philip Ludwell Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Ludwell Lee, Francis Lightfoot Lee, William and Arthur Lee|
|Parent(s)||Richard Lee II|
|Residence||Machodoc River, later Stratford Hall Plantation|
|Alma mater||The College of William and Mary|
Col. Thomas Lee (c. 1690–November 14, 1750) was a planter and politician in colonial Virginia. He was a member of the Lee family, a political dynasty which included many figures from the colonial era until the late twentieth century. Lee became involved in politics in 1710 and became the resident manager of the Northern Neck Proprietary for Lady Catherine Fairfax. After his father died, Lee inherited land in Northumberland and Charles County. Lee later acquired vast holdings in what are now Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties. These properties were developed as tobacco plantations.
When Lee married Hannah Harrison Ludwell in 1722, he benefited by the connections of the already established Harrison family of Virginia. A year later he would become a member of the House of Burgesses. After Lee's home was burnt down by criminals, he lost almost all of his possessions and a fair sum of money. With donations received from Caroline of Ansbach and British officials, he built his new home on the Potomac River, naming it Stratford Hall. Four years later in 1733, he was appointed to the Governor's Council,the upper house of the General Assembly. In 1747, he founded the Ohio Company of Virginia with fellow Virginian colonists who wished to expand Virginia's territory into the Ohio River Valley. For a period of less than a year, in 1749, he became the de facto royal governor of Virginia in place of the absent William Gooch. Lee was favored for an appointment as governor by George II but died in 1750.
Thomas Lee was born around 1690 at Mount Pleasant, on the Machodoc River in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His parents were Col. Richard Lee II, "the scholar", and Laetitia Corbin, daughter of Henry Corbin. His ancestors had immigrated from Coton, Shropshire to Virginia in 1642. As the fourth son of the couple, Lee would not receive as large an inheritance as his older brothers. This did not prevent him from becoming successful in politics.
Lee attended college at The College of William and Mary around 1700. Lee's education was referred to as a "common Virginia education". He soon became interested in the working of the tobacco industry. He left home to work with his uncle Thomas Corbin in the tobacco business.
History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia.
The Life of Robert E. Lee for Boys and Girls.