Civil Government of Virginia eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 227 pages of information about Civil Government of Virginia.

1819.  University of Virginia established.

1826.  Thomas Jefferson died July 1.

1830.  Constitution of the State amended.

1852.  Constitution of the State again amended.

1859.  John Brown’s attack on Harper’s Ferry.

1861.  Ordinance of Secession passed by the Convention.

Richmond the Capital of the Southern Confederacy.

Confederate Congress assembled at Richmond, July 20.

First battle of Manassas, July 21.

1861-65.  Virginia the principal battle ground of the “War between the States.”

1862.  Battle between the “Virginia” and the “Monitor,” March 9.

1863.  West Virginia formed and admitted to the Union.

1865.  Provisional Government established in Virginia, May 9.

1869.  Constitution amended.

Virginia readmitted to the Union.

1870.  State enacts a liberal system of public education.

Robert E. Lee died October 12.

1881.  Centennial of the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

1902.  New Constitution in force July 10.


1607.  Capt.  Edward Maria Wingfield, President of the Council under first Charter of the London Company.

Capt.  John Ratcliffe, President of the Council.

1608.  Capt.  John Smith, President of the Council.

1609.  Sir George Percy, Acting President of the Council.

1610.  Lord Delaware, first Governor under new Charter of 1609.  Sir Thomas Gates, Lieutenant-Governor under Lord Delaware.

1611.  Sir Thomas Dale, High Marshal under Lord Delaware.

1616.  Sir George Yeardley, Lieutenant-Governor under Lord Delaware.

1617.  Samuel Argall, Lieutenant-Governor under Lord Delaware.

1619.  Sir George Yeardley, first Governor under the “Great Charter of Virginia” granted by the London Company.

1621.  Sir Francis Wyatt, second Governor under the “Great Charter.”  Put into effect the new constitution.

1626.  Sir George Yeardley, third Governor under the “Great Charter.”

1627.  Francis West, fourth Governor under the “Great Charter.”

1629.  John Potts, fifth Governor under the “Great Charter.”

Sir John Harvey, first Royal Governor, appointed by King Charles I.

1635.  John West, acting Governor, in place of Harvey deposed by the people.

1636.  Sir John Harvey, reinstated by the King.

1639.  Sir Francis Wyatt, Royal Governor.

1642.  Sir William Berkeley, Royal Governor.  Deposed by the Commonwealth in 1652.

1652.  Richard Bennett, first Governor under the Commonwealth.

1655.  Edward Digges, second Governor under the Commonwealth.

1656.  Samuel Matthews, third Governor under the Commonwealth.

1660.  Sir William Berkeley elected by the House of Burgesses and reappointed by Charles II. after the Restoration.

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