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William Henry Lee, born 1894
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William (Billy) Henry Lee

Served in World War I to help "make the world safe for democracy" per President Woodrow Wilson of Virginia who during his presidency not only emphasized with the Ku Klux Klan but also re-segregated the government that President Abraham Lincoln had sought to integrate.

"United States Census, 1940," William Henry Lee, Ward 12, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States

Name:William Henry Lee
Titles & Terms: 
Event Year:1940
Event Place:Ward 12, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
Marital Status:Married
Race (Original):Negro
Race (Standardized):Negro
Relationship to Head of Household (Original):Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Standardized):Head
Estimated Birth Year:1894
Residence in 1935:Same Place
Enumeration District Number:69-288
Family Number:145
Sheet Number and Letter:63A
Line Number:1
NARA Publication Number:T627
NARA Roll Number:3660
Digital Folder Number:005456800
Image Number:00118
Head William Henry Lee M46Ohio
Wife Odell LeeF42Pennsylvania
Son Thomas LeeM17Pennsylvania
Daughter Elizabeth LeeF16Pennsylvania
Son Robert LeeM14Pennsylvania
Son William LeeM12Pennsylvania
Son Harry LeeM9Pennsylvania
Source Citation

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KQ6V-WPV : accessed 09 Sep 2012), William Henry Lee, Ward 12, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh City, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 69-288, sheet 63A, family 145, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3660.

Name:William H. Lee
Serial Number:1967040
Residence:Bloomingburg, O.
Enlistment Division:National Army
Enlistment Location:Bloomingburg, O.
Enlistment Date:27 Oct 1917
Birth Place:Washington C. H., O.
Assigns Comment:158 Depot Brigade to 5 July 1918; Co A 802 Pioneer Regiment, Infantry to Discharge Sergeant 16 Feb 1918. Meuse-Argonne. American Expeditionary Forces 1 Sept 1918 to 9 July 1919. Honorable discharge 17 July 1919.
Volume #:10

Life for William was especially tough in efforts to earn a living doing what he was good at, but his persistence did land him a career job working in the U.S. postal services.

It is difficult for most unenlightened African-Americans to comprehend that prior to the Kennedy era of power in American life, it was rare if not impossible for "the least of us" to gain secure employment in most aspects of the economy.  Military services, postal workers, and railway sleeping car porters were among the best job opportunities.  And, almost without exception on any given day the doctrine held dear was that of working harder, longer hours and out-performing White peers in sight and newly hired.

For William Lee and his brother-in-law among other African-American postal workers the daily challenge was not simply to keep their jobs but how to keep their families intact and secure and faithful in them.



Frederick Douglass Lee, born 1908

Harry Lee (William Lee's son), Pat Lee, (William Lee's daughter in law), Gayle Jones Wilkerson (Clara Lee's Granddaughter), Robby Lee (William Lee's son), Mary Lee Brady(Marion Lee's daughter),  Melyta Lee (Fred Lee's daughter), Pat Lee Walker (Marion Lee's daughter), Darthula Lee (Fred Lee's wife), Jeannette Walker (Marion Lee's   granddaughter), Allison Lee (Harry Lee's daughter. (William Lee's Granddaughter)


Harry Lee above left is the son of William Henry Lee.  Nanci Lee Banks is the grand-daughter of William Henry Lee via daughter of Nora Lee whose picture is not available.

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