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.