primogeniture

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right of inheritance belongs exclusively to the eldest son

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As an example evoked in this polemic, John is often represented as a usurper and Arthur as the legitimate heir to the throne by a similar right of primogeniture.
Although Jefferson did not believe in absolute human equality, neither did he believe in the artificial aristocracy of birth and wealth then ruling in Virginia; accordingly, while in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1776 to 1779, he successfully worked for abolition of the right of primogeniture and land held in entail; he also introduced a bill for the establishment of religious freedom, separating religious opinions from civil authority.