House of Burgesses love

Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

House of Burgesses


from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • In 1685, the representative of New Kent in the House of Burgesses was a man named John West, who was the son of governor John West and nephew of Thomas West, baron De La Ware.

    History of American Women

  • He was a member of the Virginia Legislature, then called the House of Burgesses, of which he attended every meeting and was careful to know all about the affairs of the colony.

    George Washington

  • The quorum of the Lower House, here called the House of Burgesses, was one-half of all the members elected; but if eight were met they had the right of adjourning from day to day until a quorum arrived.

    The Constitutional Beginnings of North Carolina (1663-1729)

  • Commons; in Virginia it was called the House of Burgesses; in most of the states the House of Representatives.

    The Critical Period of American History

  • He was early elected to the House of Representatives, then called the House of Burgesses, and continued in it until the Revolution.


  • This group was called the House of Burgesses and they tried to solve the problems of the settlement.

    Recently Uploaded Slideshows

  • Assembly. "****" and hence it is that our lower house of Assembly was first called the House of Burgesses, "Stith, p. 160.

    Colonial Records of Virginia

  • Dinwiddie could be a gruff man, and he guarded his prerogatives, so he had one conflict after another with the House of Burgesses, which he usually prorogued dismissed if it did not do his bidding.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Philip Ludwell advised that the House of Burgesses had voted to raise 1,200 men, and he had told Dinwiddie that Washington had earned the command.

    George Washington’s First War

  • Washington had one more matter to take care of, running for the House of Burgesses from Frederick County.

    George Washington’s First War


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.