Joseph Hemphill

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Joseph Hemphill.

Joseph Hemphill (January 10, 1770 – May 29, 1842) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Hemphill was born in Thornbury Township, Pennsylvaniadisambiguation needed. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1791. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1793 and commenced practice in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1797 to 1800. He also owned the Historic Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park and used it as his summer home from 1821 until his death in 1842.

Hemphill was elected as a Federalist to the Seventh Congress. He moved to Philadelphia in 1803, and again was a member of the State House of Representatives in 1805. He was appointed the first president judge of the district court of the city and county of Philadelphia. He was again elected as a Federalist to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses, elected as a Jackson Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress, and reelected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress, and served until his resignation in 1826. He was again elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress. He was a member of the State House of Representatives in 1831 and 1832, and died in Philadelphia in 1842. Interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

His wife, Margaret Coleman Hemphill, was the sister of Anne Caroline Coleman, the fiancée of then-future President James Buchanan who too served as a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Thomas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

1801–1803
Succeeded by
Isaac Anderson
Joseph Hiester
John Whitehill
Preceded by
John Sergeant,
Joseph Hopkinson,
William Anderson
Adam Seybert
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

1819–1823

1819–1823 alongside: John Sergeant and Samuel Edwards
1821–1822 alongside: William Milnor
1819–1821, 1822–1823 alongside: Thomas Forrest

Succeeded by
Samuel Breck
Preceded by
William Darlington
Samuel Gross
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

1823–1826
Succeeded by
Thomas Kittera
Preceded by
Joel Barlow Sutherland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district

1829–1831
Succeeded by
John G. Watmough









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