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The Virginia House of Burgesses

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Definition: First representative government group in the American colonies. Famous delegates include Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington. The House met for the first time at Jamestown. It was July 30, 1619.

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The Virginia House of Burgesses
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Delegates to the House of Burgesses
See a list of famous and not-so-famous men who served in it.

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