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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • Henry Fleete, Capt. (c.1602 - 1661)
    Was burgess of Lancaster Co. VA in 1652 -------------------- Henry Fleete was born about 1602 in Kent, England, and moved to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1621. Fleete was seized by the Anacostan Indians...
  • Maj. Gen. Abraham Wood (c.1614 - 1683)
    Abraham Wood (1614–1682), sometimes referred to as "General" or "Colonel" Wood, was an English fur trader (specifically the beaver and deerskin trades) and explorer of 17th century colonial Virg...
  • Thomas 'the Quaker' Jordan (c.1634 - 1699)
    Thomas and Margrett Jordan were persecuted for their Quaker beliefs. The following is a tribute (as it was written) by his family after his death: "Thomas Jordan of Chuckatuck in Nansemond County i...
  • Thomas Sturman (1584 - 1654)
    Thomas Sturman Birth: 1584 - Hadman Parish, Buckinghamshire, England Death: Aug 21 1654 - Westmoreland, Virginia Parents: William Sturman, Elizabeth Barryce Wife: Ann Porter Children: Richa...
  • Captain Thomas Warren, I (1624 - 1670)
    Thomas Warren, Gentleman, is thought to have been born at Ripple Court, Kent, England and is thought to have been the same that died in Surry County, Virginia. He came to Virginia in 1640, served as a ...

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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Citations

  • 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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