Joel Holleman

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Joel Holleman
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20th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1842 – 1844
Preceded by Valentine W. Southall
Succeeded by Valentine W. Southall
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1841 – 1844
In office
1832 – 1836
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1839 – December 1, 1840
Preceded by Francis Mallory
Succeeded by Francis Mallory
Member of the Virginia Senate
In office
1836 – 1839
Personal details
Born (1799-10-01)October 1, 1799
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Died August 5, 1844(1844-08-05) (aged 44)
Smithfield, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Caroline Carroll (1822 – 1844)
Emily W. Carroll (1844 – his death)
Alma mater University of North Carolina
Profession lawyer

Joel Holleman (October 1, 1799 – August 5, 1844) was an American politician and lawyer from Virginia. A Democrat, he served in the United States House of Representatives and as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Personal life[edit]

Holleman was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia to John Holleman and Nancy Thomas Holleman. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and attended law school there.[1][2] He was a teacher for some time before his admission to the bar. He eventually set up a law practice at Burwell Bay, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. "[A]s a criminal lawyer, [he] had few equals and no superiors in lower Virginia."[1]

On November 22, 1828, Holleman married Caroline Carroll of Isle of Wight County. She died in 1842. On April 3, 1844, a few months before his death, he married his erstwhile sister-in-law, Emily W. Carroll.[1]

Political career[edit]

Holleman was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1832. He moved to the Senate of Virginia in 1836.

Holleman was elected to the Twenty-sixth Congress, taking office in 1839. At the time of his election, he made a public statement that he would resign his seat if the Whigs won his district in the 1840 presidential election. After William Henry Harrison did so, Holleman resigned.[1]

He was reelected to the House of Delegates in 1841 and became Speaker the following year.

He died in Smithfield, Virginia, August 5, 1844. He was interred in Ivy Hill Cemetery.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jamerson, p.65
  2. ^ Poore, p.451
  3. ^ "Joel Holleman". Find A Grave. 2003-08-22. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 

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External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Virginia House of Delegates
Preceded by
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
1832–1836
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
1841–1844
Succeeded by
Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Member of the Virginia State Senate
1836–1839
Succeeded by
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Mallory
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

1839 – 1840
Succeeded by
Francis Mallory
Political offices
Preceded by
Valentine W. Southall
Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
1842–1844
Succeeded by
Valentine W. Southall