The Resource House of Delegates Select Committee Proceedings Against Judge James H. Gholson, 1847
- House of Delegates Select Committee Proceedings Against Judge James H. Gholson, 1847
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- Contains depositions, interrogatories and cross-examinations pertaining to a complaint filed by Robert R. Collier, Esquire, against Judge James H. Gholson in 1847. (Some of the records, such as letters, are dated in the years before 1847). Collier petitioned the General Assembly and a "Select Committee" was appointed to decide whether his complaint was warranted. According to Collier, Judge Gholson, of the second judicial circuit serving the Prince George, Dinwiddie and Petersburg area, had verbally assaulted him in court on many occasions over the course of two years. Collier also contended that Judge Gholson physically attacked him on the street, which precipitated his request to have Judge Gholson removed from the bench. Ultimately, the Committee chose not to render an opinion on the matter. Judge James H. Gholson died the following year, in 1848
- Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia General Assembly House of Delegates. (Search author as Virginia General Assembly House of Delegates).
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- The House of Delegates' predecessor, the House of Burgesses, was modeled after the House of Commons, in Parliament. The House of Burgesses existed from 1643 to 1776. The first session of the General Assembly, which took place in 1776, established the first constitution and made the House of Delegates the most powerful branch in state government. It was not until the constitution of 1851 was adopted that a more equitable balance among the branches of government was established. In the General Assembly, members of the House of Delegates and the Senate vote on legislation entered during the legislative session. Legislative bills can originate either in the House of Delegates or in the Senate, with both chambers having the ability to establish study committees. Each serves as a check upon the other to ensure a thorough debate on the merits of each bill.
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- Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
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