Cyrus McCormick Statue
No, he's not Rober E. Lee. The statue is actually Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the reaper. After his monumental invention, Washington and Lee wrote to request a donation. The school promised that a sizeable donation would ensure that the school would bear his name forever. McCormick initially donated $10,000 in 1866. Upon his death in 1884, he had given over $20,000, and further donations by his family eventually totaled over $350,000. Finally in 1932, McCormick received a small recognition for his kindness—which came in the form of the oft-mistaken statue.