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Joseph Hopkinson

congressman , jurist

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.