How The State Became God By James Rushing

A gathering in Jamestown, Virginia, marked the first representative legislative Assembly in the New World, which became the model for other English colonies and eventually the basis for the Representative Republican Government of the United States. The year 1619 was pivotal in establishing the first permanent English Colony in Jamestown, Virginia; the first elected legislative Assembly in the New World, the House of Burgess’s, convened in the choir of the town’s church. Earlier that year, the London Company, which had established the Jamestown settlement twelve years before, directed Virginia Governor Sir George Yeardley to summon a “General Assembly” elected by the settlers, with every free adult male voting. Twenty-two representatives from the eleven Jamestown boroughs were chosen, and Master John Opry was appointed the Assembly’s speaker.