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People/Characters: William Lee

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1776 by David McCullough
The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld by Herbert Asbury
The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream by Kirkpatrick Sale
The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House by Jesse HollandGeorge Washington's valet
The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of a Slave's Journey from Bondage to Freedom by David F. Walker
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
Queer by William S. Burroughs

Character description

1) William "Billy" Lee (1750–1828), also known as Will Lee, was a slave and body-servant to George Washington, and was with him from 1767, when Washington purchase him from the estate of Col. John Lee, throughout the revolution, and into the early years of Washington's presidency. Lee appears with Washington in a number of portraits. After a couple of accidents severely damaged his knees, Lee was retired to Mount Vernon where he became a shoe-maker. He was the only slave freed outright by Washington in his will. He was given a pension of $30.00 and the option of living out his life at Mount Vernon, which he accepted. Whenever a Revolutionary veteran visited Mount Vernon, he would meet with him to reminisce. Although his grave is unmarked, he is the only person known by name to be buried in the Mount Vernon slave cemetery.

William Lee (valet) in Wikipedia

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