December 17, 2006
Otho S. Lee was born near Bel Air on Dec. 6, 1840. He attended Bel Air Academy and studied law. A Southern sympathizer, he joined the Confederate cavalry in 1861 and, serving under Gen. Fitzhugh Lee, participated in many important campaigns. For meritorious conduct, Lee was made a sergeant major of artillery. After the war, Lee returned to Bel Air to practice law. He was elected to the House of Delegates in 1874 and served on the staff of Maryland Governor Carroll in 1876, when he received the title of colonel.