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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • Maj. Joshua Wynne (1663 - 1715)
    Joshua Wynne was a Justice in Charles City in 1698; a member of the House of Burgess 1702-1704; and sherrif of Prince George 1705-1711. He was a Major in the Militia. Like his brother, Thomas, he was a...
  • Lt. Col. Anthony Lawson (c.1630 - 1701)
    notes Merchant of London-derry, Ireland, came to Virginia about 1668 as agent for certain persons of that city. He married (first) Ann Okeham, relict of Mr. John Okeham; and (second) Mary Gookin, dau...
  • Maj. Gen. Daniel Gookin (1612 - 1687)
    Burgess to the Virginia House of Burgesses fir Upper Norfolk, Virginia, January 1641-42. From "Sewall of Coventry" (on-line): Hon. Daniel Gookin was born in 1612 either in Ripple, Kent, or Ireland.3,...
  • Gov. John West of Virginia (c.1590 - 1659)
    The colonial Governor of Virginia from 1635 to 1637, the third West brother to serve in that position. He was the fourth son and twelfth child of Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warr, of Wherwell Abbey ...
  • John Robinson (1683 - 1749)
    John was born at Hewick. He lived there with his wife Catherine Beverly where seven children were born of his union. This son John inherited all of his uncles Bishop John Robinson's Estate in England. ...

The Virginia House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America.

The word "Burgess" means an elected or appointed official of a municipality, or the representative of a borough in the English House of Commons.

The House was established by the Virginia Company, who created the body as part of an effort to encourage English craftsmen to settle in North America and to make conditions in the colony more agreeable for its current inhabitants.

The House's first session of July 30, 1619, held in Jamestown, was cut short by an outbreak of malaria.

The assembly had 22 members from the following constituencies:

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  • 6. Stanard, William G. and Mary Newton Stanard. The Virginia Colonial Register. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell's Sons Publishers, 1902. OCLC 253261475, Retrieved July 15, 2011. p. 52.

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