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PARLEZ VOUS FRANCAIS, MONSIEUR LEE?

Event Type: Special Event
Date: 5/12/2018
Start Time: 11:00 AM
End Time: 11:45 AM
Description:
 THE FASCINATING STORY OF THE CAZENOVE, LEE, AND DUPONT FAMILIES IN ALEXANDRIA

Hanging on a wall inside the Alexandria Library’s Special Local History/Special Collections on Queen Street, a bronze historical marker points out that Dorothy Vandegrift Lee (1886-1972) donated a collection of books on Virginia history and the Lee family to the library in 1958. She gave the gift to honor the memory of her late husband, Cazenove G. Lee, Jr., (1862-1945), a Lee family historian.

Virginians know a thing or two about the Lee family, but did you know Cazenove G. Lee, Jr., was the great, great grandson of Anthony Charles Cazenove, a French speaking Swiss emigre who lived and prospered in Alexandria in the first half of the nineteenth century? Did you know Cazenove G. Lee Jr’s grandfather was Cassius Lee, a cousin of Robert E. Lee, and that his father, Cazenove Gardner Lee, married into the famous Du Pont family?

Author and local historian Jay Roberts will discuss this fascinating five generations long story that begins in Geneva, Switzerland in the latter part of the eighteenth century, winds its way through Cazenove and Lee family members living in Alexandria, leaps across the river to Washington, D.C., and ends with Dorothy Vandegrift Lee’s generous gift to the Alexandria Library.
Library: Special Collections
Presenter: Jay Roberts