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William Little Lee

William Little Lee, American jurist. member Hawaii House of Representatives, 1851, speaker.

Background

  • Lee, William Little was born on February 8, 1821 in Sandy Hill, New York, United States. Son of Stephen and Mary (Little) Lee.

  • Education

    • Graduate Norwich U., 1842. Postgraduate Harvard Law School.

    Career

    • Judge for Island of Oahu, Hawaii. Chief justice Hawaii, 1847, member privy council, 1847. Drafted penal code (basis of Hawaiian criminal laws today), 1850.

      Member Hawaii House of Representatives, 1851, speaker. Chief justice of what is now Supreme Court of the Hawaii, 1852. Minister to the United States, 1855.

      Negotiated reciprocity treaty with United States secretary of state.

    Membership

    Member Hawaii House of Representatives, 1851, speaker.

    Connections

    • Married Catherine E. Newton, 1849.
    • father: Stephen Lee
    • mother: Mary (Little) Lee
    • spouse: Catherine E. Newton
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    Born February 8, 1821
    Died March 28, 1857
    (aged 36)
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