Joseph McIlvaine

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Joseph McIlvaine
United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
November 12, 1823 – August 19, 1826
Preceded by Samuel L. Southard
Succeeded by Ephraim Bateman
Personal details
Born (1769-10-02)October 2, 1769
Bristol, Pennsylvania
Died August 19, 1826(1826-08-19) (aged 56)
Burlington, New Jersey
Political party National Republican

Joseph McIlvaine (October 2, 1769 – August 19, 1826) was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 1823 until his death.

Early life and career[edit]

McIlvaine was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania to Col. Joseph Mcllvaine (1749–1787) and Catherine Swan. His father's sister, Mary McIlvaine (1752–1818), married Joseph Bloomfield, later Governor of New Jersey.[1]

After pursuing an academic course and studying law, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1790 and commenced practice in Burlington, New Jersey in 1791.

He was clerk of Burlington County, New Jersey 1796–1800; clerk of the county court 1800–1823; and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey 1804–1820. He was appointed judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1818, but declined.

He was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel L. Southard and served from November 12, 1823, until his death in Burlington, New Jersey, where he was buried at Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard.


On September 19, 1793, McIlvaine married Maria Reed, daughter of Bowes Reed, Secretary of State of New Jersey, and niece of Joseph Reed, Continental Congressman and Governor of Pennsylvania. They had three children:[2]

Ten Children:

1.)Bowes McIlvaine b: 1794

2.)Joseph McIlvaineIII b: ABT 1796 in Burlington, New Jersey

3.)Charles Pettit McIlvaine , Reverend/Bishop of Ohio b: 1798 d-1873

4.)Bloomfield McIlvaine b: ABT 1799 d-1826 in Burlington, New Jersey

5.)Henry McIlvaine: ABT 1805 in Burlington, New Jersey

6.)William McIlvaine b: ABT 1806

7.)Emerson McIlvaine b: ABT 1807

8.)Edward McIlvaine b: ABT 1808

9.)Mary McIlvaine b: ABT 1809

10.)Ellen McIlvaine b: ABT 1810

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Frank Charles McElvain (1999). A History of the McElvain-McIlvaine Family Line. p. 379. 
  2. ^ William Nelson, ed. (1906). Documents Relating to the Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, Vol. 3. New Jersey Historical Society. p. 416. 

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Samuel L. Southard
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from New Jersey
November 12, 1823 – August 19, 1826
Served alongside: Mahlon Dickerson
Succeeded by
Ephraim Bateman