A nephew of Robert E. Lee and a great grandson of George Mason, Fitzhugh Lee was born in 1835 at his family's estate, Clermont, in Fairfax County. The site of Clermont is now the Capital Beltway, Interstate 495, about half way between the Van Dorn Street and Eisenhower Avenue exits.
After graduating from West Point in 1856 he served in the U.S. Army until 1861 when he resigned to join the Confederate forces. He advanced to the rank of Major General by 1863 and served until the end of the war. After serving as Governor of Virginia from 1886 to 1890 Lee was appointed the U.S. Consul General in Havana, Cuba, in 1896.
He was occupying that position when the USS Maine blew up in Havana harbor and the Spanish-America war broke out. He served as a Brigade General in the U.S. Army in Cuba and died in Washington D.C. in 1905.
Description Courtesy David Meisky