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Joseph CASEY

(1814-1879)

CASEY, Joseph, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born at Ringgold Manor, Washington County, Md., December 17, 1814; studied law in Carlisle, Pa.; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Bloomfield, Perry County, Pa.; moved to New Berlin, Pa., and resumed the practice of law; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1850; again engaged in the practice of his profession; in 1856 was appointed reporter of the decisions of the supreme court of Pennsylvania, which position he held until 1861; was appointed in 1861 by President Lincoln one of the judges of the court of claims; upon the reorganization of that court in 1863 was appointed chief justice and was the first person to serve in that capacity, holding the position until December 1870, when he resigned; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C., until his death, February 10, 1879; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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