Biography of William Lee
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

William Lee was born in Manchester, Massachusetts, July 21st, 1812. At the age of fifteen he went to Ipswich and learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked until 1838. He then entered Phillips Academy remaining two years, afterward entered Dartmouth College, New Hampshire and remained three years, paying his tuition and supporting himself by labor at his trade during vacations. He next taught school at New London; was selectman of the town and justice of the peace, and held the latter office until coming to Hastings in 1854. He was a contractor and builder until 1870, and built one of the flrst,if not thefirst frame dwelling in Hastings. Was a member of the first city council two years, and since 1874, has been county constable. Married in 1839 to Lydia Dow of New Hampshire. Sarah and Nancy A. are the living children. His wife died in 1876 and three years later he was married to Mrs. A. M. Lavery, of New York city.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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