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LASSITER, Francis Rives (1866-1909)

LASSITER, FRANCIS RIVES, (great-nephew of Francis Everod Rives), a Representative from Virginia; born in Petersburg, Dinwiddie County, Va., February 18, 1866; attended McCabe's University School at Petersburg and was graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1886; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Boston, Mass.; returned to Petersburg, Va., in 1888 and continued the practice of law; city attorney of Petersburg 1888-1893; appointed by President Cleveland to be United States attorney for the eastern district of Virginia in 1893 and served until 1896, when he resigned; captain of Company G, Fourth Regiment, Virginia State Militia; appointed supervisor of the Twelfth Census for the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia in 1899; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sydney P. Epes; reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from April 19, 1900, to March 3, 1903; elected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1907, until his death in Petersburg, Va., October 31, 1909; interment in Blanford Cemetery.

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In the Lassiter papers, 1861-1928, 962 items, 8 volumes.
Collection is correspondence and speeches of Francis Rives Lassiter and Charles Trotter Lassiter. Correspondence concerns Virginia Democratic Party, Prohibition, the Good Roads Movement, and the presidential campaign of 1928. The collection includes a list of Petersburg, Virginia, volunteers in the Civil War; letter copybooks of both men; and papers, 1910, relating to the death of Francis Lassiter.

Papers: In Charles Trotter Lassiter papers, 1888-1909, 20 volumes.
Collection is legal records and scrapbooks.


Duke University Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In papers of Daniel William, Francis Rives, and Charles Trotter Lassiter, 1832-1927, 21,740 items and 3 volumes.
Much of correspondence concerns his political career. Card index in library.


University of Virginia
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the papers of James Taylor Ellyson, 1896-1910, 1,500 items.
Correspondents include Francis Lassiter.