Joseph Hopkins Peyton

Joseph Hopkins Peyton (* May 20, 1808 in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee; † November 11, 1845 ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Peyton was the younger brother of Congressman Balie Peyton ( 1803-1878 ). After primary school, he received his college degree in 1837. After a subsequent medical studies and his medical license, he began to practice in his new profession. He also held various local offices in his home. Politically, he was a member of the Whig party. In 1840 he sat in the Senate from Tennessee.

In the congressional elections of 1842 he was in the eighth constituency of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Meredith Poindexter Gentry on March 4, 1843. After a re-election, he could remain until his death on November 11, 1845 in Congress. There he lived until 1845, the discussions between his party and President John Tyler. In his death, 1845, the Mexican -American War began. Joseph Peyton was buried in the family cemetery near Gallatin.