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House of Burgesses Timeline

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  • 1619
    House of Burgesses is convened; first English representational government in the Americas.
  • 1619 - 1776
    Duration of the House of Burgesses, first English representational government in North America.
  • 1642
    Legislative assembly separated into House of Burgesses and Council of State.
  • 1776
    House of Burgesses becomes General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia; declares independence from Britain.

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