Joseph W. Clift

Joseph Wales Clift ( born September 30, 1837 in North Marshfield, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, † May 2, 1908 in Rock City Falls, New York ) was an American politician. Between 1868 and 1869 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Clift attended the public schools of his home and then the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter (New Hampshire). Subsequently, he studied until 1862 at the Harvard University Medical. In the following years he was during the Civil War doctor in the Union army. Until 1866 he remained in military service, after which he practiced as a doctor in Savannah (Georgia ). In this city he was employed as an instrument officer (Registrar ).

Politically, Clift member of the Republican Party. After the re- admission of the State of Georgia to the Union in 1868 he was a candidate in the first election District of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 25 July 1868. Until March 3, 1869, he finished there the current legislative period. This period was marked by discussions on the Reconstruction in the former states of the Confederacy. Clift saw himself as a champion of the regular congressional elections 1868. However, his seat in Congress, he was denied. Therefore, it came into his district to a by-election, which then won the Democrat William W. Paine.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Clift returned to Massachusetts, where he worked as a doctor. Politically, he is no more have appeared. He died on May 2, 1908 in Rock City Falls, and was buried in North Marshfield.