Joseph Ridgway ( born May 6, 1783 Staten Iceland, New York, † February 1, 1861 in Columbus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1843 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Joseph Ridgway attended the common schools and then completed an apprenticeship in carpentry and carpentry. He later plows ago. Since 1822, he settled in Columbus, where he established an iron foundry. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1828 and 1832 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In the 1830s he joined the Whig Party was founded at that time.
In the congressional elections of 1836 Ridgway was in the eighth election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrats Jeremiah McLene on March 4, 1837. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1843 three legislative periods. The time from 1841 was marked by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.
In 1842, Ridgway was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he was a member of the State Board of Equalization. In addition, he served for 20 years as a director at the Clinton Bank. He died on February 1, 1861 in Columbus, where he was also buried.