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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • John Smith of Purton/VA (c.1663 - 1698)
    Col. John Smith (II) of Purton, Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses; b. 1662, Purton; d. 14 Apr 1698, Purton. His father may have been the Speaker, rather than him - sources differ. =(17 Feb 1...
  • Col. Henry Fitzhugh of Eagle's Nest (c.1706 - 1742)
    He was LT-Col. of Stafford Militia, a member of the House of Burgesses, and was candidate for Speaker. Henry Fitzhugh, son of William Fitzhugh, eldest son of Col. William Fitzhugh, was first owner of...
  • Archibald Rutherford (1774 - 1830)
    Archibald "Sibald" Rutherford Birth: Jan. 16, 1774 Shenandoah County Virginia, USA Death: Sep. 10, 1830 Harrisonburg Rockingham County Virginia, USA Father: Robert RUTHERFORD Mother: Mary "...
  • John Seward, of New Hemington (b. - c.1651)
    John Seaward/Seward Srb abt 1592 Bristol, England; d aft 1650 Isle of Wight co VA; m Sarah unknown; arrived in Virginia Colony 1622 aboard the ship "Gift" also spelled "Guifte" and "Geife". He is liste...
  • Capt. John Langhorne (1640 - 1687)
    General Notes: John came to Warwick County, Virginia in 1666 with wife, the former Rebecca Carter of Bristol, England. The family home was known as "Gambell" and overlooked the James River from a plant...

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.