BURWELL, William Armisted

1780–1821

Biography

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.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Microfilm: 1804-1813, 20 items. Letters (1808-1813) of William Burwell to his wife, Letitia McCrury Burwell, and to Maj. William Dickerson pertaining to trade and foreign relations with Great Britain and France, the election of 1812, social life in Washington, D.C., congressional debates, and the War of 1812. Persons mentioned include Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, Henry Clay, and Josiah Quincy. Also includes a memoir (1804-1810, 46 pages) of William Burwell's service as secretary to President Thomas Jefferson and as a Member of Congress.

University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1821, 1 item. A letter from William A. Burwell to Nicholas Biddle written in 1821.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the William Ransom Johnson, 1796-1896, 386 items. Correspondents include William A. Burwell. A guide is available in the repository.

Virginia Historical Society Library

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the Peachy R. Gilmer Papers, 1790-1889, 187 items. Correspondents include William Armistead Burwell. An unpublished description is available in the library.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

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

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