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Lewis Burwell, III

Birthplace: Fairfield, Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Bacon Burwell and Elizabeth Carter Burwell
Husband of Mary Francis Willis; Anne Holden; Frances Bray and Lucy Randolph
Father of Elizabeth Burwell; Mary Hale; Nathaniel Burwell and Anne Burwell
Brother of Nathaniel Jr Burwell; Carter Burwell, of The Grove, near Williamsburg; Elizabeth Burwell Nelson; Col. Robert Burwell and Judith Burwell
Half brother of John Nicholas, "of seven islands" and Judge Robert Carter Nicholas, Sr.

Managed by: Christopher Gordon Totsky
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About Lewis Burwell, III


Lewis Burwell, often referred to as President Lewis Burwell (because he served as president/acting Governor of Virginia for a year November 1750-1751). His mother was Elizabeth Carter (making King Carter his maternal grandfather) and he was the oldest son of Nathaniel Burwell (1681-1721) (his paternal grandfater was Lewis Burwell II (1652 - ~1710) ). Shortly after his father's death in 1721 he was sent to school in England. He returned quickly upon hearing of King Carter's death in 1732 and assumed the role of plantation owner and politician (serving in the House of Burgesses (1742) on behalf of Gloucester County. Within five years of his return he had married Mary Willis, the daughter of a wealthy neighbor, and joined their two estates into a massive 7000 acre plantation. He and Mary Willis resided in 'Whitemarsh', Gloucester Co., VA. Quickly rising amongst his peers, he was named to the governor's council (1743–1756). He became acting governor of Virginia on Thomas Lee's death (November 14, 1750), and remained such till the arrival of Governor Dinwiddie (November 20, 1751) . During his year as president, the General Assembly never met, but Burwell did commission the Fry-Jefferson map of Virginia. Ill health limited his role in later years, and he died in 1756.

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Lewis Burwell, III's Timeline

Fairfield, Gloucester County, Province of Virginia
Age 24
Age 28
White Marsh, Gloucester, Virginia, United States
Age 31
July 2, 1744
Age 33
Gloucester County, Virginia, Colonial America
May 1756
Age 45
Gloucester County, Province of Virginia