Francis R. Lassiter

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Francis Rives Lassiter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1907 – October 31, 1909
Preceded by Robert G. Southall
Succeeded by Robert Turnbull
In office
April 19, 1900 – March 3, 1903
Preceded by Sydney P. Epes
Succeeded by Robert G. Southall
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
In office
1893 – 1896
Appointed by Grover Cleveland
Personal details
Born (1866-02-18)February 18, 1866
Petersburg, Virginia
Died October 31, 1909(1909-10-31) (aged 43)
Petersburg, Virginia
Resting place Blanford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession lawyer
Military service
Service/branch Virginia State Militia
Rank Captain
Unit Fourth Infantry Regiment

Francis Rives Lassiter (February 18, 1866 – October 31, 1909) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, great-nephew of Francis E. Rives.


Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Lassiter attended McCabe's University School at Petersburg and was graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1886. He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Boston, Massachusetts. He returned to Petersburg, Virginia, in 1888 and continued the practice of law. He became the City attorney of Petersburg from 1888-1893. Lassiter was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to be United States attorney for the eastern district of Virginia in 1893 and served until 1896, when he resigned. He served as captain of Company G, Fourth Regiment, Virginia State Militia. He was appointed supervisor of the Twelfth Census for the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia in 1899.

Lassiter was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sydney P. Epes. He was reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from April 19, 1900, to March 3, 1903.

Lassiter was elected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1907, until his death in Petersburg, Virginia, October 31, 1909. He is interred in Blanford Cemetery. His family papers are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.[1]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1900; Lassiter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 98.65% of the vote in a special election, defeating Republican James S. Cowden; he was re-elected with 60.06% of the vote in the general election, defeating Republican C.E. Wilson.
  • 1906; Lassiter was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1908; Lassiter was re-elected unopposed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lassiter Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sydney P. Epes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert G. Southall
Preceded by
Robert G. Southall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert Turnbull