Joseph William CHINN, Congress, VA (1798-1840)


CHINN, Joseph William, a Representative from Virginia; born at “Epping Forest,” near Nuttsville, Lancaster County, Va., on November 16, 1798; was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1819; studied law at Needham, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1821 and practiced in Lancaster County, Va., member of the State house of delegates 1826-1828; served in the State senate 1829-1831; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second and Twenty-third Congresses (March 4, 1831-March 3, 1835); chairman, Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-third Congress); moved to Richmond, Va., where he resumed the practice of his profession; died on his estate, “Wilna,” near Richmond, Va., on December 5, 1840; interment in the family burying ground at “Wilna.”

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present