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Francis Page

Member From: 1684 - 1688

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  • Birth Date: 1657 Birth Place:Middle Plantation (Williamsburg)
  • Death Date: May 10, 1692
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Mary Digges, daughter of Governor Edward Digges
  • Children: Elizabeth, married her cousin, John Page
  • Religion: Bruton Parish Church, vestryman
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  • Additional Info: ​Francis Page was the first clerk to be chosen by the governor rather than the House of Burgesses itself, a change in procedure ordered by James II in August 1686.  After an exchange of messages between Governor Effingham and the House regarding the clerk's oath of office, a compromise wording was adopted that required the clerk to "keep secret all private Debates."  He held the office of Clerk up to the time of his death at age 35.
    Eldest son of Colonel John Page of the Middle Plantation.
    *see Additional Notable Service note below
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Justice of the Peace and sheriff, York County:  1680
    Clerk of the House of Burgesses: 1688 (appointed Clerk by Gov. Francis Howard, baron Effingham. Page was replaced as a burgess by Robert Read)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1684 York Private Causes
1685-1686 York Propositions and Grievances
1688 York

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