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Joseph Reed Ingersoll
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Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 4, 1837
Serving with "James Harper
Preceded by "Horace Binney
Succeeded by "John Sergeant, "George Washington Toland
In office
October 12, 1841 – March 3, 1849
Serving with "George Washington Toland (1841-1843)
Preceded by "John Sergeant
Succeeded by "Joseph R. Chandler
"United States Minister to the United Kingdom
In office
October 16, 1852 – August 23, 1853
Preceded by "Abbott Lawrence
Succeeded by "James Buchanan
Personal details
Born June 14, 1786
Died February 20, 1868
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Joseph Reed Ingersoll (June 14, 1786 – February 20, 1868) was an "American lawyer and statesman from "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1835 he followed his father, "Jared Ingersoll, and his older brother, "Charles Jared Ingersoll, to represent "Pennsylvania in the "U.S. House.



He graduated from "Princeton College in 1804. He studied law with his father, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in "Philadelphia. He was elected in "1834 as a "Whig anti-"Jacksonian candidate to the "Twenty-fourth Congress. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in "1836, serving 1835–1837. He resumed the practice of law.

Ingersoll was elected as a "Whig to the "Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of "John Sergeant. He was reelected as a Whig to the "Twenty-eighth, "Twenty-ninth, and "Thirtieth Congresses. He declined to accept the nomination as a candidate for reelection in "1848. In all, his second stay in office lasted from 1841 to 1849.

He was the chairman of the "United States House Committee on the Judiciary during the Thirtieth Congress. He was an advocate for protection and a firm supporter of "Henry Clay. One of his noted efforts in the House was a defense of Clay's "tariff of 1842.

In 1852, President "Millard Fillmore sent him to the "United Kingdom as the "U.S. Minister. He served about a year, and then retired to private life, devoting himself to literary pursuits. The degree of "LL.D. was conferred on him by Lafayette and Bowdoin in 1836, and that of D.C.L. by Oxford in 1845.

He died in Philadelphia in 1868. Interment in St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal Churchyard.


He was a warm adherent of the Union, and at the time of the "American Civil War prepared an essay entitled "Secession, a Folly and a Crime." He published a translation from the Latin of Roceus's (Francesco Rocco's) tracts "De Navibus et Naulo" and "De Assecuratione" (Philadelphia, 1809), and was the author of a Memoir of "Samuel Breck (1863).




"U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
"Horace Binney,
"James Harper
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

alongside "James Harper
Succeeded by
"John Sergeant and "George Washington Toland
Preceded by
"John Sergeant
Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "Pennsylvania's 2nd congressional district

alongside "George Washington Toland (1841–1843)
Succeeded by
"Joseph R. Chandler
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
"Abbott Lawrence
"U.S. Minister to Britain
Succeeded by
"James Buchanan
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