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Virginia House of Burgesses

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  • Thomas Bushrod (1604 - c.1676)
    Thomas Bushrod, Born 1604, was one of the justices of York county and a burgess in 1658 and 1659. He was a Quaker and in his will dated December 18, 1676, he forbids "common prayers to be read at his g...
  • Lord Delaware Thomas West, I (1670 - 1714)
    Captain Thomas West (b. 1670-1714), he was a Captain in the King William County Militia and served as a member of the House of Burgesses representing the same county in 1703-05, 1705-06 married Agnes _...
  • Reverend, Henry Fry (1738 - 1823)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA. DAR Ancestor #: A043026 “A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. After overcoming severe alcoholism, he became a Methodist minister and served ...
  • John Moore of Isle of Wight (c.1584 - 1676)
  • Major Edward Dale (1624 - 1695)
    Among the royalists who fled to Virginia after the death of King Charles I, were Grey/Graye Skipwith (later Sir Grey) and his future brother in law Edward Dale. Grey/Graye was the fourth son and sixth ...

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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