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Lassiter Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 L33

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Scope and Contents

Papers (including correspondence and speeches); 1861-1928; of Francis Rives Lassiter and Charles Trotter Lassiter. Correspondence concerns Virginia Democratic Party, Prohibition, the Good Roads Movement, agriculture, and the presidential campaign of 1928. The collection includes a list of Petersburg, Va. volunteers in the American Civil War; letter copybooks of both men; and papers, 1910, relating to the death of Francis Rives Lassiter.  962 items and 8 volumes.

Acc. 2011.613 includes a letter, 12 August 1907, of Francis Rives Lassiter to William C. Schroeder.


  • Creation: 1861-1928

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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Francis Rives Lassiter was born in Petersburg, Va. on 18 February 1868. He graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia and began to practice law in Boston, Mass. Lassiter returned to Petersburg and was the city attorney of Petersburg 1888-1893 and was appointed U. S. District Attorney for the Eastern District in 1893. He served in the U. S. House of Representatives 1900-1903 and 1907-1909. He died on 31 October 1909. His brother Charles Trotter Lassiter was also a lawyer in Petersburg. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Acquisition Information:

Purchase. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.


Other Information:

A PDF document of the inventory of series 1 is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information:

Acc. 2011.613 added in October 2011 by Benjamin Bromley.


Guide to the Lassiter Papers
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

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