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Joseph Hopkinson

Joseph Hopkinson, American congressman, jurist. member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 14th-15th congresses, 1814-1819.

Background

  • Hopkinson, Joseph was born on November 12, 1770 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Francis and Mary (Johnson) Hopkinson.

  • Education

    • Graduated from the University Pennsylvania, 1786.

    Career

    • Secretary board of trustees University of Pennsylvania, 1790-1791, member, 1806-1819, 22-42. Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1791. Wrote “Hail Columbia” at request of Gilbert Fox to tune of “The President’s March,” 1798.

      Defense counsel for Justice Samuel Chase in his impeachment trial, 1804. Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 14th-15th congresses, 1814-1819. Moved to New Jersey, 1819, member New Jersey Assembly.

      Returned to Pennsylvania. Judge The United States of America District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania, 1828-1842. Chairman Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, 1837.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania, 14th-15th congresses, 1814-1819.

    Connections

    • Married Emily Mifflin.
    • father: Francis Hopkinson
    • mother: Mary (Johnson) Hopkinson
    • spouse: Emily Mifflin.
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    Born November 12, 1770
    Died January 15, 1842
    (aged 71)
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