Francis Rives LASSITER, Congress, VA (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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present