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Francis Rives Lassiter


"Born Petersburg, Va. Graduated from the University of Virginia; practised law in Petersburg; several times city attorney; United States Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia, 1893-1896; member 56th, 57th, 60th, and 61st Congresses. Wrote a large number of lyrics, some of them being verse of considerable merit, which remain uncollected."

[Armistead C. Gordon, Virginian Writers of Fugitive Verse 123 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1923)] Lassiter's brother, Charles Trotter Lassiter, was also a lawyer in Petersburg.

Francis Rives Lassiter
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


Francis Rives Lassiter, Arnold's Invasion of Virginia, 1781 ([New York]: Longmans, Green, [1901] ?)(reprinted from Sewanee Review)

Research Resources

Lassiter Papers & Charles Trotter Lassiter Notebooks
Manuscripts and Rare Books Department
Swem Library
College of William and Mary