William A. Burwell

William Armisted Burwell (* March 15, 1780 in Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; † February 16, 1821 in Washington DC) was an American politician. Between 1806 and 1821 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Burwell studied at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. In 1802 he moved to Franklin County. He was a personal friend of President Thomas Jefferson and was a member of the founded of this end of the 1790s, the Democratic-Republican Party. At times he acted as private secretary to Jefferson. Between 1804 and 1806 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia.

Following the resignation of Mr Christopher H. Clark Burwell was chosen as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington at the due election for the 13th seat of Virginia, where he took up his new mandate on 1 December 1806. After eleven elections he could remain until his death on February 16, 1821 in Congress. During this time, including the British -American War fell from 1812. Since 1813, he represented the 14th legislative district of his state.