Justus DaLee was an American folk artist born October 1, 1793 in Pittstown, Washington County, New York to James Waterman DaLee and his wife, Anstis Kinnicutt. He married Mary Fowler October 13, 1816 at White Creek, Washington County, New York, and they had ten children. He served as a musician in the War of 1812 and was a professor of penmanship. He was active in the New York area and was known for his miniature naïve art side portraits. Media used were mixed media, oil, watercolor, and ink.He died January 5, 1878 in Eden, Wisconsin and is buried in the Odekirk Cemetery, Town of Eden Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin.