House of Burgesses In April, 1619, GOVERNOR GEORGE YEARDLEY arrived in Virginia from England and announced that the Virginia Company had voted to abolish martial law and create a legislative assembly. It became the House of Burgesses — the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. The first assembly met on July 30, 1619, in the church at Jamestown.
Benjamin Harrison, original signer of Declaration of Independence (1726-1791) ★ Elected to Virginia House of Burgesses, 1764; Member of Continental Congress, 1774-77; Reelected House of Burgesses, 1777, Selected as Speaker, 1778; Elected Governor of Virginia, 1782-84, 1791. While serving in the Continental Congress in 1774, he was one of a party of representatives who, the following year, attended General Washington in Cambridge to plan the future of the revolutionary American Army. (July…
Patrick Henry's Speech in the House of Burgesses, painting by Peter Frederick Rothermel
Captain Raleigh Croshaw (–1624) was an Ancient planter and a representative in the House of Burgesses for Elizabeth City County in the Colony and Dominion of Virginia. He arrived in Jamestown, Virginia on the "Mary & Margrett", with the Second Supply in September 1608.
After his arrival in Jamestown in 1619, Governor George Yeardley immediately gave notice that the Virginia colony would establish a legislative assembly. This assembly, the House of Burgesses, first met on July 30, 1619.