Joseph Buffington (congressman)

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Joseph Buffington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Thomas Henry
Succeeded by Alexander Irvin
Personal details
Born (1803-11-27)November 27, 1803
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Died February 3, 1872(1872-02-03) (aged 68)
Political party Whig
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh

Joseph Buffington (November 27, 1803 – February 3, 1872) was a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Joseph Buffington was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and graduated from Western University of Pennsylvania, now known as the University of Pittsburgh, in 1825.[1] He moved to Butler County, Pennsylvania, and edited a weekly newspaper. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1826 and commenced practice in Butler. He moved to Kittanning, Pennsylvania, in 1827 and continued the practice of law.

Buffington was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1846. He was appointed president judge of the eighteenth district in 1849 and served until 1851. He declined the appointment as chief justice of the Utah Territory tendered by President Millard Fillmore in 1852. He was judge of the tenth district of Pennsylvania from 1855 until his retirement in 1871. He died in Kittanning in 1872. Interment in Kittanning Cemetery.


  1. ^ Starrett, Agnes Lynch (1937). Through one hundred and fifty years: the University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 84. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 24th congressional district

Succeeded by
Alexander Irvin