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George W. Lee 1894 - 1976

Political, business and civic leader, Lee was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces. Heroic in W.W.I, he was an active black combat officer. An insurance executive and capitalist, Lee was leader of the Lincoln League and Old Guard Republican Party for 45 years in Shelby County. He was a Tenn. Republican Exec. Committeeman and, in 1952 at the Republican Convention, he seconded the nomination of Robert Taft for president. Orator and author of Beale Street, Lee was the Order of Elks Grand Commissioner of Education. In 1973 his portrait was placed in the State Capital.