House of Burgesses


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House of Burgesses

n.
The lower house of the legislature in colonial Virginia.

House′ of Bur′gesses


n.
the popular branch of the colonial legislature of Virginia or Maryland.

House of Burgesses

The first elected colonial legislature, in Virginia in 1619.
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Noun1.House of Burgesses - the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia
house - an official assembly having legislative powers; "a bicameral legislature has two houses"
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His first act in political office, as a young member of the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1769, was to introduce a bill allowing slave owners to free their slaves; however, the bill did not pass.
In 1765, Patrick Henry denounced the Stamp Act before Virginia's House of Burgesses.
He managed the family plantation, Mount Vernon, and served in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Twelve years later they created the House of Burgesses, which became the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest legislature in the country.
Seeing all of this, Thomas Jefferson, while serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses, called for separation between church and state and wrote the Virginia Bill for Religious Freedom, which became law principally through the efforts of his close friend and colleague, James Madison, and which paved the way for the adoption of the Religion Clauses in the First Amendment.
Day one will feature the collapse of royal government, depicting pivotal events during 1774 to 1776, including British Royal Governor Lord Dunmore's dismissal of the House of Burgesses and the convening of the first Virginia convention.
In 1758, young George Washington decided to seek a seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses.
He also takes up the seat he has won in the House of Burgesses, the colonial Virginia legislature that will one day serve as a model for the United States Congress.
True, by 1699 the House of Burgesses reduced church attendance requirements to once every two months (283).
Patrick Henry emphatically exclaimed in the Virginia House of Burgesses less than a month before the American Revolution erupted.
He failed to get elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
A Dutch ship brought twenty kidnaped Africans to Jamestown in 1619, the same year the House of Burgesses met and a year before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth.