The House of Burgesses

What was the house of burgesses?

The House of Burgesses was established 1619 and created in 1642, it was the legislative body of the Colony of Virginia in colonial America that represented the Virginia General Assembly.

With the creation of the House of Burgesses in 1642, the General Assembly, which had been established 1619, became a bicameral body, consisting of the governor and his appointed council and the House of Burgesses.

Although both houses had to agree in order for a bill to become law, it was often difficult for them to do so, as there were conflicting economic interests between them, as well as between different members within each house.

The House of Burgesses is the elected representative element of the Virginia General Assembly

The creation of the House of Burgesses (the General Assembly) was established in 1619, it would become a bicameral body with gave it the power of both an executive and a legislative body.

The power to make laws and levy taxes remained with this new legislative body.

The House of Burgesses was created in 1642

The members were elected by county government officials and landowners in proportion to population. The first session was held at Jamestown on July 30, 1642.

The House of Burgesses represented the interests of the colonists

With the creation of this body in 1642, The General Assembly, which had been established 1619, had an elected representative branch.

The House’s first act was to write a letter to King Charles I and tell him that they were not subjects but instead citizens with certain rights.