July 30, 1619 – In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time.

July 30, 1619 – In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time.

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.

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.

Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller during Colonial Williamsburg's Restoration.

Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and his wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller during Colonial Williamsburg's Restoration.

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…

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 before the House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775, in Saint John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.. "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!"

Patrick Henry before the House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775, in Saint John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.. "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!"

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.

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.

The House of Burgesses [ushistory.org]

The House of Burgesses [ushistory.org]

1851 painting of Patrick Henry's speech before the House of Burgesses on the Virginia Resolves against the Stamp Act of 1765

1851 painting of Patrick Henry's speech before the House of Burgesses on the Virginia Resolves against the Stamp Act of 1765

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