Joseph Winston ( born June 17, 1746 Louisa County, Virginia, † April 21, 1815 in Germanton, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1793 and 1795 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Joseph Winston grew up during the British colonial period. In 1766 he came into the territory that became Stokes County, North Carolina. There he participated in several Indian campaigns. In the 1770s he joined the American Revolution. In 1775 he was a delegate to the Hillsboro Convention. In 1777 he was part of a delegation that completed a treaty with the Cherokee. During the Revolutionary War, Winston was a major in the Continental Army. He took part in several battles.
After the war he began a career in politics. Between 1790 and 1812 he sat several times in the Senate of North Carolina. In the congressional elections of 1792, he was elected in the newly created tenth electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he took up his new mandate on March 4, 1793. But until March 3, 1795 he was able to complete only one term in Congress. Joseph Winston died on April 21, 1815 near Germanton. According to him, the city of Winston received - now part of Winston- Salem - her name.