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HIESTER, Joseph

1752–1832

Biography

HIESTER, Joseph, (cousin of John Hiester and Daniel Hiester [1747–1804] and grandfather of Henry Augustus Muhlenberg), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Berne Township, Berks County, Pa., November 18, 1752; attended the common schools; engaged in mercantile pursuits; served in the Revolutionary Army as captain and colonel; member of the State conference in 1776 which assumed the government of the colony; member of the State constitutional convention which ratified the Federal Constitution December 12, 1787, and of the State constitutional convention of 1790; member of the State house of representatives 1787-1790; served in the State senate 1790-1794; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of George Ege; reelected to the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Congresses and served from December 1, 1797, to March 3, 1805; major general of Pennsylvania Militia in 1807; elected to the Fourteenth, Fifteenth, and Sixteenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1815, until his resignation in December 1820, having been elected chief executive of the State; Governor of Pennsylvania 1820-1824; died in Reading, Pa., June 10, 1832; interment in the burying ground of the Reformed Church; reinterment in Charles Evans Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

The Winterthur Library
Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera

Winterthur, DE
Papers: 1796, 1 volume. This daybook documents the daily business transactions of a general store in Catawissa, Pennsylvania that was owned by Joseph Hiester. The daybook includes entries for goods sold and documents the availability of dry-goods, food, liquor, hardware, household supplies, books, and stationery. Specific items mentioned include chintz, silk, velvet, shoe buckles, needles, shawls, blankets, beeswax, tobacco, whiskey, Lisbon wine, brandy, screws, hinges, escutcheons, cups and saucers, teapots, chocolate, molasses, tea, almanacs, and paper.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Richards, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. Governor Joseph Hiester, a historical sketch. Lancaster, Pa.: [The Society], 1907.

Vaux, Richard. Sketch of the life of Joseph Hiester, Governor of Pennsylvania. [Philadelphia: Printed by Allen, Lane & Scott, 1887?]

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