BASSETT, Burwell

1764–1841

Biography

BASSETT, Burwell, a Representative from Virginia; born in New Kent County, Va., March 18, 1764; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; member of the State house of delegates 1787-1789; served in the State senate 1794-1805; unsuccessfully contested the election of John Clopton to the Fourth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1805-March 3, 1813); chairman, Committee on Claims (Twelfth Congress), Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business (Twelfth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1812 to the Thirteenth Congress; elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819); again a member of the State house of delegates 1819-1821; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress, as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress, and a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1829); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1828 to the Twenty-first Congress; died in New Kent County, Va., February 26, 1841.

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
Papers: In the Burwell Bassett Family Papers, 1695-1840, 75 items. The papers contain letters, wills and other estate papers, and ship manifests and bills of lading, including several of Hyndman, Lancaster & Company, tobacco brokers of London, England. Some of the papers relate to national political and fiscal matters. A copy of a Bassett family genealogical record is also included.

College of William and Mary
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the John Dixon Papers, 1760-1829, 605 items. Correspondents include Burwell Bassett. An inventory is available in the library.
Papers: In the William Langborne Papers, 1783-1837, 50 items. Burwell Bassett was executor of Langborne's estate. An inventory is available in the library.

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Research Library

Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the Mordecai B. Sweeney Papers, 1830-1884, 1 volume and 55 items. Persons represented include Burwell Bassett.

James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library

Fredericksburg, VA
Papers: In the James Monroe Papers, 1816-1825, 129 items. Correspondents include Burwell Bassett.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Prentis Transcripts, 1774-1822, 2 items. Persons represented include Burwell Bassett.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Lancaster, Joseph. Letters on national subjects, auxiliary to universal education, and scientific knowledge; addressed to Burwell Bassett, late a member of the House of Representatives, and James Monroe, president of the United States of America. Washington city: Printed for the author by Jacob Gideon, junior, Ninth street, near Pennsylvania avenue. Sold by Clement T. Coote, Pennsylvania avenue. 1820.

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