William A. Burwell

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William Armisted Burwell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 13th & 14th district
In office
December 1, 1806 – March 3, 1813
March 4, 1813 – February 16, 1821
Preceded byChristopher H. Clark
Matthew Clay
Succeeded byThomas M. Bayly
Jabez Leftwich
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1804–1806
Personal details
Born(1780-03-15)March 15, 1780
Boydton, Virginia, U.S.
DiedFebruary 16, 1821(1821-02-16) (aged 40)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Letitia McCrury Burwell
ProfessionPolitician, Secretary

William Armisted Burwell (March 15, 1780 – February 16, 1821) was a nineteenth-century congressman and presidential secretary from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

William Burwell's grave

Born near Boydton, Virginia, Burwell graduated from the College of William and Mary. He moved to Franklin County, Virginia in 1802 and became a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, serving from 1804 to 1806. Burwell then became a private secretary for President Thomas Jefferson before being elected a Democratic-Republican to the United States House of Representatives to fill a vacancy. Burwell served from 1806 until his death on February 16, 1821, in Washington, D.C.. He was interred there in the Congressional Cemetery.

His home, the Burwell-Holland House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1]

In her 1974 biography of Jefferson, Fawn M. Brodie repeats a clergyman's claim that Burwell was an atheist and that he was expelled from New Jersey College for this reason and for "infidelity."

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Christopher H. Clark
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 13th congressional district

December 1, 1806 – March 3, 1813 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Bayly
Preceded by
Matthew Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 14th congressional district

March 4, 1813 – February 16, 1821 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Jabez Leftwich