James Lee Jr – lawyer, steamboat captain, bank officer and father of 10 children


The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1887


James LEE, Jr., vice-president of the First National Bank, and of the Taxing District of Memphis, came to this city in 1858, and located here permanently in 1860. He practiced law with Valentine & Lee; Chambers, Lee & Warinner, and Lee & Warinner, but gave up the law in 1877, to manage the Lee line of steamers, of which line he is president and principal owner. Mr. Lee was born in Stewart County, Tenn., March 8, 1832, and graduated at Princeton, N.J., in 1853, and then practiced law at Dover, Stewart County, until his interests drew him to Memphis. His father, James Lee, was a native of Sumner County, but moved to Stewart County, and there married Miss Peninah Lucinda Gibson, who died in 1853. The father, an old retired boatman, is yet living in this city. In 1858 our subject married Miss Rowena Rayliss, a native of Montgomery County, Tenn., and by her has a family of ten children. The family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

3 Responses to James Lee Jr – lawyer, steamboat captain, bank officer and father of 10 children

  1. Is this the James Lee that the steamboat James Lee was named after?
    Mike Bradford

  2. Carol says:

    This is the man, James Lee, who bought my great grandfather’s home in Memphis, Tenn in 1890!
    His name was Charles W. Goyer.

    • leelinesteamers says:

      Carol, thank you for this history and your families previous ownership of the Goyer Lee House.

      Jim Lee

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