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Hall, Joseph

(1793-1859) was a U.S. Representative born in Methuen, Massachusetts on June 26, 1793. He attended the common schools and Andover Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

He moved to Camden in 1809 and engaged in business. During the War of 1812 he served as ensign in 1814 in Colonel Forte’s regiment of the Massachusetts Militia, and was subsequently appointed colonel. A deputy sheriff in 1821, he became sheriff in 1827 and postmaster of Camden 1830-1833.

Elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833-March 3, 1837), he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy (Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses)

Again postmaster in 1837 and 1838, he was appointed measurer in the Boston Custom House in 1838 and served until 1846, then as naval agent at Boston 1846-1849.

An unsuccessful candidate for mayor of Boston in 1849, Hall engaged in agricultural pursuits 1850-1857, then as clerk in the Boston customhouse from 1857 until his death in that city on December 31, 1859, with interment in Mountain Cemetery, Camden.

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