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William Armisted BURWELL

(1780-1821)

BURWELL, William Armisted, a Representative from Virginia; born near Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Va., on March 15, 1780; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; moved to Franklin County in 1802; member of the State house of delegates, 1804-1806; private secretary to President Jefferson; elected as a Republican to the Ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Christopher Clark; reelected to the Tenth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from December 1, 1806, until his death in Washington, D.C., February 16, 1821; interment in Congressional Cemetery.

Bibliography

Gawalt, Gerald W., ed. “‘Strict Truth’: The Narrative of William Armisted Burwell.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 101 (January 1993): 103-32.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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