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Francis R. Lassiter

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Francis Rives Lassiter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1907 – October 31, 1909
Preceded byRobert G. Southall
Succeeded byRobert Turnbull
In office
April 19, 1900 – March 3, 1903
Preceded bySydney P. Epes
Succeeded byRobert G. Southall
United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
In office
April 13, 1893 – October 2, 1896
Appointed byGrover Cleveland
Preceded byThomas R. Borland
Succeeded byWilliam H. White
Personal details
Born(1866-02-18)February 18, 1866
Petersburg, Virginia
DiedOctober 31, 1909(1909-10-31) (aged 43)
Petersburg, Virginia
Resting placeBlanford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Virginia
Military service
Branch/serviceVirginia State Militia
UnitFourth Infantry Regiment

Francis Rives Lassiter (February 18, 1866 – October 31, 1909) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, great-nephew of Francis E. Rives.


Francie Rives Lassiter was born in Petersburg, Virginia on September 29, 1867, a son of Dr. Daniel W. Lassiter and Anna Rives (Heath) Lassiter.[1] His siblings included William Lassiter, who was a career United States Army officer and attained the rank of major general.[1]

Lassiter attended McCabe's University School at Petersburg and was graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1886.[1] He was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Boston, Massachusetts. He returned to Petersburg, Virginia, in 1888 and continued the practice of law. He became the City attorney of Petersburg from 1888 to 1893. Lassiter was appointed by President Grover Cleveland to be United States attorney for the eastern district of Virginia in 1893 and served until 1896, when he resigned. He served as captain of Company G, Fourth Regiment, Virginia State Militia. He was appointed supervisor of the Twelfth Census for the Fourth Congressional District of Virginia in 1899.

Lassiter was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Sydney P. Epes. He was reelected to the Fifty-seventh Congress and served from April 19, 1900, to March 3, 1903.

Lassiter was elected to the Sixtieth and Sixty-first Congresses and served from March 4, 1907, until his death in Petersburg, Virginia, October 31, 1909. He is interred in Blandford Cemetery. His family papers are held by the Special Collections Research Center at the College of William & Mary.[2]

Electoral history

  • 1900; Lassiter was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 98.65% of the vote in a special election, defeating Independent James Seldon Cowdon; he was re-elected with 60.06% of the vote in the general election, defeating Republican C.E. Wilson.
  • 1906; Lassiter was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1908; Lassiter was re-elected unopposed.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Tyler, Lyon Gardiner, ed. (1998) [1915]. Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography. V. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 762. ISBN 978-0-8063-1552-2 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Lassiter Papers". Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary. Retrieved 4 February 2011.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Sydney P. Epes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert G. Southall
Preceded by
Robert G. Southall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert Turnbull
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