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  • Colonel Philip Ludwell (1671 - 1726)
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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.