Joseph T. Deal

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Joseph Thomas Deal
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1929
Preceded by Edward E. Holland
Succeeded by Menalcus Lankford
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 31st district
In office
January 14, 1920 – March 4, 1921
Preceded by Earl C. Mathews
Succeeded by E. Griffith Dodson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Norfolk City
In office
January 12, 1910 – January 10, 1912
Preceded by William W. Old, Jr.
Succeeded by Daniel Coleman
Personal details
Born (1860-11-19)November 19, 1860
Surry, Virginia
Died March 7, 1942(1942-03-07) (aged 81)
Norfolk, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Virginia Military Institute
Profession civil engineer, businessman

Joseph Thomas Deal (November 19, 1860 – March 7, 1942) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born near Surry, Virginia, Deal attended the public schools. He was graduated from Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in 1882. He engaged in civil engineering and lumber manufacturing in Surry County, Virginia in 1883. He moved to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1891. He served as chairman of the Improvement Board of Norfolk in 1905–1910. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1908. He served as member of the Virginia House of Delegates during the period 1910–1912. He served in the Senate of Virginia in 1919.

Deal was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1929). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928 to the Seventy-first Congress. He resumed his activities in the lumber business until his death in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 7, 1942. He was interred in Forest Lawn Cemetery.


  • 1920; Deal was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives defeating Republican Menalcus Lankford and Independent Colin F. Munro, winning 73.59% of the vote.
  • 1922; Deal was re-elected defeating Republicans P.S. Stephenson and W.W. Foreman, winning 86.54% of the vote.
  • 1924; Deal was re-elected defeating Republican Lankford, winning 65.75% of the vote.
  • 1926; Deal was re-elected defeating Republican L.S. Parsons, winning 65.41% of the vote.
  • 1928; Deal was defeated for re-election by Republican Lankford.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward E. Holland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Menalcus Lankford