Thomas Dew (politician)

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Thomas Dew
7th Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
In office
Preceded by Edward Major
Succeeded by Walter Chiles
Personal details
Died c. 1691
Residence Nansemond County, Virginia
Occupation Farmer

Thomas Dew (died c. 1691) was a Virginia landowner and politician. He settled in the vicinity of the Nansemond River by 1634, and represented Upper Norfolk County in the General Assembly of 1642. He was elected to the House of Burgesses several times between 1652 and 1656, succeeding his neighbor Edward Major as Speaker in the November 1652 session.[1]

In 1656 he was authorized to explore the coast of North Carolina between Cape Hatteras and Cape Fear. Later in life, he became a Quaker.[1]


  1. ^ a b Kukla, pp. 47–48


  • Kukla, Jon (1981). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Burgesses, 1643–1776. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia State Library. ISBN 0-88490-075-4.