Joseph Chinn

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This article is about the Virginia congressman. For the Virginia Supreme Court justice, see Joseph W. Chinn.

Joseph William Chinn (November 16, 1798 – December 5, 1840) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Virginia.

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Born at "Epping Forest" near Nuttsville, Virginia, Chinn graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York in 1819, studied law in Needham, Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1821, commencing practice in Lancaster County, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1826 to 1828 and a member of the Virginia Senate from 1829 to 1831. Chinn was elected a Jacksonian to the United States House of Representatives in 1830, serving from 1831 to 1835. There, he was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia from 1833 to 1835. Afterwards, he moved to Richmond County, Virginia where he resumed the practicing law until his death at his estate called "Wilna" near Warsaw on December 5, 1840 and was interred in the family cemetery on the estate along with his wife, Marianne Smith (1802–1865).

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Taliaferro
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 13th congressional district

March 4, 1831 – March 4, 1833 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
John M. Patton
Preceded by
William F. Gordon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1833 – March 4, 1835
Succeeded by
John Taliaferro