Joseph Barton Elam

Joseph Barton Elam (* June 12, 1821 in Hope, Arkansas, † July 4, 1885 in Mansfield, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1877 and 1881 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even as a toddler pulled Joseph Elam in 1823 with his family in the Coryell County, Texas, which still belonged to Mexico at that time. 1826 the family moved to Natchitoches in Louisiana on. He attended primary school in neighboring Fort Jesup. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1843 admitted to the bar he began in Alexandria to work in his new profession. Since 1851 he lived in De Soto Parish.

Politically, Elam was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1851 and 1861 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Louisiana. In 1861 he was a delegate to the meeting at which the exit of the State of Louisiana was decided from the Union. He was one of the signatories of the resignation. During the Civil War Elam was in the years 1863 and 1864 Member of Parliament and President of the House of Louisiana.

In the congressional elections of 1876 Elam in the fourth electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William M. Levy on March 4, 1877. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1881 two legislative sessions. After he was not confirmed in 1880, Joseph Elam worked as a lawyer in Mansfield. There he is on July 4, 1885 and passed away.