|27th Ohio Attorney General|
January 8, 1917 – January 13, 1919
|Preceded by||Edward C. Turner|
|Succeeded by||John G. Price|
October 6, 1872|
|Died||November 27, 1951
|Resting place||Fairmount Cemetery, Jackson, Ohio|
|Alma mater||National Normal University|
Joseph McGhee was born at Coalton, Jackson County, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. He graduated from National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio in 1895. He taught school, and studied law with Judge James Tripp at Jackson, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar at Columbus in 1898. He then practiced at Jackson. In 1902 he was married to Margaret Becker of Logan, Ohio.
In 1911, fellow Jackson County Democratic attorney Timothy S. Hogan became Ohio Attorney General, and McGhee was appointed his first assistant. He held that position until October, 1913, when Hogan appointed him Advisory Counsel to the State Utilities Commission, where he served until January 11, 1915.
Immediately after resigning at the Utilities Commission, McGhee associated with Frank Davis, Jr. and James I. Boulger in law practice at Columbus as McGhee, Davis & Boulger. He won election for Attorney General in 1916, and was inducted January 8, 1917.
McGhee died at his Columbus home in 1951. He had been in declining health for the previous two years. He was 79. His wife had predeceased him in 1940.
- Pealer, W S; Cassidy, John R (1918). Manual of Legislative Practice in the 82nd General Assembly. Columbus: State Bindery. p. 63.
- Mercer, James K. (1913). Ohio Legislative History: 1909-1913. Columbus: Edward T Miller. pp. 178–179.
- "Former State Official Dies", Athens Messenger, Friday, November 30, 1951, Athens, Ohio, United States Of America
- Media related to Joseph McGhee at Wikimedia Commons