Beyer and Kaine Try Again To Remove Robert E. Lee’s Name From Arlington House

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(Patch) For the second year in a row, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced legislation to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s name from the official designation at Arlington House, the historic mansion where he lived before the Civil War.

Beyer and Kaine’s legislation, introduced in both the House of Representatives and Senate, would repeal statutes that memorialized Lee and add a formal historic site designation to the name, making it “the Arlington House National Historic Site.”

The mansion, surrounded by Arlington National Cemetery and administered by the National Park Service, was built by Martha Custis Washington’s grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, as the nation’s first memorial to George Washington, and named “Arlington House.”

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Custis’ daughter married Robert E. Lee and lived in the home until the Civil War, during which the site was chosen to serve as a national military cemetery in part to prevent Lee from returning.

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