Joseph Lewis, Jr.

Joseph Lewis Jr. ( * 1772 in Virginia; † March 30, 1834 in Clifton, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1803 and 1817 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Neither the exact date of birth nor the birthplace of Joseph Lewis have survived. End of the 1790s he began a political career as a member of the Federalist Party, founded by Alexander Hamilton. Between 1799 and 1803 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In the congressional elections of 1802 he was in the seventh election district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Randolph on March 4, 1803.

After six elections Lewis could pass in Congress until March 3, 1817 seven legislative sessions. Since 1813, he represented the eighth district of his state there. From 1807-1809 and again 1811-1813, he headed the Committee for management of the Federal District District of Columbia. In his time as a congressman fell among other things, the investment made by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803 Louisiana Purchase, the ratification of the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution in 1804 and the British -American War of 1812.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Lewis was in 1817 and again in 1818 deputy in the state legislature of Virginia. After that, he is no longer politically have appeared. He died on 30 March 1834 in Clifton.