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Joseph HALL

(1793-1859)

HALL, Joseph, a Representative from Maine; born in Methuen, Essex County, Mass., June 26, 1793; attended the common schools and Andover Academy, Andover, Mass.; moved to Camden, Maine, in 1809 and engaged in mercantile pursuits; during the War of 1812 served as ensign in 1814 in Colonel Forte’s regiment, Massachusetts Militia, and was subsequently appointed colonel; deputy sheriff in 1821; sheriff in 1827; postmaster of Camden 1830-1833; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses); again postmaster in 1837 and 1838; appointed measurer in the Boston customhouse in 1838 and served until 1846; naval agent at Boston 1846-1849; unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Boston in 1849; engaged in agricultural pursuits 1850-1857; clerk in the Boston customhouse from 1857 until his death in that city on December 31, 1859; interment in Mountain Cemetery, Camden, Maine.

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

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