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Hugh West ran for House of Burgesses

February 1, 2018 all-day
Hunting Creek


Compiled by Jim Moyer 2016, updated 6/3/2018


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Promissory note, 10 November 1753, from Reuben Rutherford to Hugh West.





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Here’s an excerpt from link below:


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At this time, the land on which Alexandria would stand began to turn from farming to trade. The property was sold by Pearson to Hugh West sometime between 1735 and 1739.5 By 1740, West had a ferry to the Maryland side of the Potomac as well as his warehouse.6 In 1745, he was also operating an ordinary (tavern).7 A survey, see above, made by Joseph Berry in 1741 showed “Hugh West Hunting Creek Warehouse” and, near what is now Jones Point, the “quarters” of property-holder Philip Alexander. Three years later, Daniel Jenings’ survey for the case of John Alexander v. Hugh West, Sept. 20, 1744 noted holdings for both Alexander and West . . . 




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Link above provides this info on Hugh West:


The site of Hugh West’s tobacco warehouse,

on the western banks of the Potomac

near the mouth of (Great) Hunting Creek,

was deemed a suitable location

because its deep water access

allowed ships from London to sail directly to the wharf.


However, the local tobacco planters

were desirous of siting a new town

away from the river

(and its “played out” tobacco fields)

and further upstream on Hunting Creek.


During the legislative session of 1748-49,

Lawrence was responsible

for promoting the river site

and securing the votes necessary

to approve a new town on the Potomac,

where it would best serve the interests

of the Ohio Company.


In May 1749, Governor William Gooch

signed an Act to establish

the town of Alexandria,

and Lawrence was granted permission

to “be absent from the Service of the House,

for the Recovery of his Health.”


Prior to the first public auction of town lots,

in July 1749,

Lawrence sailed to London

to conduct business

on behalf of the Ohio Company,

and to consult English physicians

regarding his health.


His younger brother George,

an aspiring land surveyor,

attended the “Public Vendue” (auction)

and copied the town map,

“A Plan of Alexandria, Now Belhaven”,

and listed the selling prices

of individual lots for his brother.


Although established as “Alexandria”,

the town was immediately called “Belhaven” –

in honor of Scottish patriot John Hamiliton,

2nd Lord Belhaven.


In 1751, the town council

held the “Belhaven Lottery”

to raise money for a city hall,


George Washington’s correspondence t

hroughout the French and Indian War

of the late 1750s referred to “Belhaven”.



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July 24, 1758 for Frederick County Virginia.

More on this election


Colonel George Washington……………….310

Colonel Thomas Bryan Martin …………….240

Hugh West……………………………………..199

Thomas Swearingen…………………………..45

Total vote   …………………………………….794


The top two vote leaders win the 2 seats to the House of Burgesses.

Each county would get two seats.

This was still under England and Colonial Virginia law.


Much later the principle of One Man One Vote in the US Supreme Court case  Reynolds v. Sims (1964) ruled that counties no longer provided equal representation since their population sizes were different.










A note for further follow up on Thomas Colvil – the place the French and Indian War Foundation and Norman Baker originally thought was Colvil’s Fort at Stoney Brook in Frederick Co VA.


1. John West, Jr., of Fairfax County was GW’s coexecutor of the estate of Thomas Colvill (see James Tilghman, Sr., to GW, 6 Oct. 1790, n.2).


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