When he ran for the House of burgesses in 1755, the father of our nation got a measly 40 votes.
The burgesses made two minor amendments, and then passed the bill.
If he had been one of the burgesses his name would have appeared with the others.
Beside the fire, my master fell to devising about the state of the country, as burgesses love to do.
The house of burgesses appointed him a member of the committee of correspondence.
At the battle of Hastings the burgesses of London formed Harolds body-guard.
We had only to ask what burgesses were, and whether they grew on trees.
It was seldom that any friction occurred between the King's representative and the burgesses, as they were generally called.
As to the back-country settlements, the House of burgesses should have provided for them.
Then the like was done by the Marshal of the burgesses, and all to the same effect.
c.1200, burgeis "citizen of a borough," from Old French borjois (Modern French bourgeois), from Late Latin burgensis (see bourgeois). Applied from late 15c. to borough representatives in Parliament and used later in Virginia and other colonies used to denote members of the legislative body, while in Pennsylvania, etc., it meant "member of the governing council of a borough."