Thomas Stegg

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Thomas Stegg
1st Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses
In office
1643–1643
Succeeded by Edward Hill, Sr.
Personal details
Died1652
Atlantic Ocean, aboard the ship John
OccupationMerchant

Thomas Stegg (died 1652) was a Virginia merchant and politician. He was the first Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses in the 1643 session, when the Burgesses first met as a separate lower house of the Virginia General Assembly. [1] He was the grandfather of William Byrd I through his daughter Grace Stegge Byrd.

Colony of Virginia English/British possession in North America (1607–1776)

The Colony of Virginia, chartered in 1606 and settled in 1607, was the first enduring English colony in North America, following failed proprietary attempts at settlement on Newfoundland by Sir Humphrey Gilbert in 1583, and the subsequent further south Roanoke Island by Sir Walter Raleigh in the late 1580s.

Merchant businessperson who trades in commodities that were produced by others

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Notes

  1. Kukla, pp. 35-36

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Jon Kukla

Jon Kukla is an American historian and author. He attended Carthage College and the University of Toronto, and in 1973 began working with the Library of Virginia, through which he published multiple works and directed historical research. He left the facility in 1990 and two years later began serving as the curator for the Historic New Orleans Collection, of which he later served as its director. Kukla has also served as the director of Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial in Charlotte County, Virginia, a position he held until 2007.

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