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Joseph Hopkinson (1770–1842)


Joseph Hopkinson and Bushrod Washington corresponded regarding law, politics, and other matters.


Joseph Hopkinson, son of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on 12 November 1770 in Philadelphia. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he read law with James Wilson, gained admittance to the bar, and practiced in Philadelphia and Easton, Pennsylvania. In 1814 Hopkinson won election as a Federalist to the U.S. House of Representatives; he would serve two terms (181519).


Burton Alva Konkle, Joseph Hopkinson, 17701842: Jurist, Scholar, Inspirer of the Arts (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1931).

"Joseph Hopkinson 17701842," University Archives & Records Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Hopkinson Family Papers, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Joseph Hopkinson at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Joseph Hopkinson at Federal Judicial Center.

Joseph Hopkinson at Find a Grave.

Joseph Hopkinson at FamilySearch.

Emily Mifflin Hopkinson at Find a Grave.