Historic Markers Across Tennessee

George W. Lee ~ 1894 - 1976

Marker ID: THC 4E 144
Location: 512 Beale Street, Memphis TN
County: Shelby
Coordinates: N 35° 08.331    W 090° 02.638
  35.13885    -90.04396666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMEF1J


Political, business and civic leader, Lee was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Expeditionary Force. Heroic in W.W.I, he was an active black combat officer. An insurance executive and capitalist, Lee was leader of the Lincoln League and Old Guard Republican Party for 45 years in Shelby County. He was a Tenn. Republican Exec. Committeeman and, in 1952 at the Republican Convention, he seconded the nomination of Robert Taft for president. Orator and author of Beale Street. Lee was the Order of Elks Grand Commissioner of Education. In 1973, his portrait was placed in the State Capitol.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.