Joel Holleman

Joel Holleman ( born October 1, 1799 Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Virginia; † August 5, 1844 ) was an American politician. In 1839 and 1840 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joel Holleman attended the public schools of his home and then the Wake Forest College in North Carolina. Subsequently he worked for some time as a teacher. After a subsequent law studies at the University of North Carolina and his admission as an attorney, he began to practice in this profession in Burwell Bay. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. From 1832 to 1836 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia; 1836 to 1839 he was a member of the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1838 Holleman was the tenth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Winston Jones on March 4, 1839. He declared that he would resign from his mandate, if a candidate of the Whig Party in his district would get the majority in the presidential election of 1840. After winning in fact, the Whig candidate and nationwide election winner William Henry Harrison in Hollemans constituency, this laid down his mandate on 1 December 1840 which then fell to Francis Mallory.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joel Holleman operated again as a lawyer. Between 1841 and 1844 he was again a member of the House of Representatives in Virginia, he served as its chairman since 1842. He died on 5 August 1844 in Smithfield.