Prominent among the highly respected and genial men who, by their industry, genius, and wide-awake way of solving the
problems of life is he whose name heads this sketch. A son of Henry and Susan M. (Massy) Lee, he was born in Shelby
County in 1852. His parents were natives of Tennessee and Alabama, respectively, and the former was a physician, but
preferring the freedom of outdoor exercise, abandoned his profession to devote his attention to farming.
When the subject of this sketch was only one year old, the family emigrated to Arkansas, locating in Drew County. At the
present date the father resides in Ashley County, having reached his sixty-seventh year. The mother departed this life in the
John H. Lee enjoyed good educational advantages in his youth, attending the public schools of his county until he had
prepared himself for the battle of life, and made his first venture in the business world as a clerk in a dry goods house,
which position he continued to fill most creditably until 1878.
In that year he married Miss Gertrude L. Davis, daughter of Felix G. and Mary (Lamb) Davis. Immediately after his
marriage Mr. Lee began farming, an occupation that he follows. To Mr. and Mrs. Lee have been born seven children, viz.:
Lou Ellen, Mary S., Cleveland D., Mattie C., John B., Joseph M., and an infant, who died without being named.
The subject of this sketch owns a valuable farm of 140 acres. In politics he is a member of the Democratic party, and he
also belongs to several prominent lodges.