William Lee (valet)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

William Lee (c. 1750–1828), also known as Billy Lee or Will Lee, was George Washington's personal servant and the only one of Washington's slaves freed outright by Washington in his will. Because he served by Washington's side throughout the American Revolutionary War and is sometimes said to be depicted next to Washington in paintings. The depictions are usually those of a dark skinned small statured individual of an incorrect age. Lee was one of the most publicized African Americans of his time.

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