First Founding Father by Harlow Giles Unger
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First Founding Father
Richard Henry Lee and
The Call for American Independence

by Harlow Giles Unger

ISBN: 9780306825613
$28.00 / $36.50 CAN.
Published by Da Capo Press

Before Washington, before Jefferson, before Franklin or John Adams, there was Lee–Richard Henry Lee, the First Founding Father.

Richard Henry Lee was the first to call for independence, and the first to call for union. He was "father of our country" as much as George Washington, securing the necessary political and diplomatic victories in the Revolutionary War.

Lee played a critical role in holding the colonial government together, declaring the nation's independence, and ensuring victory for the Continental Army by securing the first shipments of French arms to American troops. Next to Washington, Lee was arguably the most important American leader in the war against the British.

Drawing on original manuscripts–many overlooked or ignored by contemporary historians–Unger paints a powerful portrait of a towering figure in the American Revolution.


Harlow Giles Unger

A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian.

He is the best-selling author of more than 25 books, including a dozen biographies of the Founding Fathers—among them the award winning Lafayette; John Quincy Adams, and Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation.

Cited by a critic in the National Review as “America’s most readable historian,” Mr. Unger is a graduate of Yale University and former associate professor of English and journalism. He spent many years as a foreign correspondent and American Affairs analyst for The New York Herald Tribune Overseas News Service, The Times and The Sunday Times (London), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Other American History Titles by Harlow Giles Unger:


James Monroe and a Nation’s Call to Greatness;

John Quincy Adams;

Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation;

Mr. President: George Washington and the Making of the Nation’s Highest Office;

John Marshal: The Chief Justice Who Saved the Nation;

Henry Clay,  America’s Greatest Statesman; and many more.

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