Clara Fisher, artist and counselor for a non-profit social service agency, is the mother of two boys and a graduate of Duquesne University. Her father, Edward James Lee, died when she was only eight. She remembers helping him in his vegetable garden and accompanying him on his rounds as a constable, serving subpoenas. She said, “My father always told me that Thomas Jefferson was his great-great-grandfather.” She is thus only four generations removed from Madison Hemings of Monticello. In 2009, a letter she wrote to Jefferson on the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration was published in Newsweek magazine.
Harriet Hemings Butler1842–1925
Clara Lee Fisher1962-
26 Jan. 2001, Charlottesville, VA
Interviewee: Clara Fisher
Also present: David Fisher, Zachary Fisher, David Fisher, Sr.