Henry Lee

Owner 1893 to 1898

For the price of one dollar, Henry Lee may have saved the Hooper-Lee-Nichols House from demolition. In September 1892, following the death of Susan Nichols, the Cambridge Tribune reported that the property was to be sold, with the house to be “taken down…much of the wood-work being decayed.” Nothing further on the matter of demolition was reported, but in April 1893 Boston merchant Henry Lee, a descendent of Judge Joseph Lee, was recorded as buying the property for one dollar. And in November, Susan Nichols Carter wrote from New York to Lee that “it has been a great satisfaction to me, as well as to members of our family, that…[the house] has been returned into your hands, as having a hereditary regard for it.” He owned the house for twelve years and left it to the Nichols family – for the original price of one dollar.