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Joel Holleman
Joel Holleman.jpg
20th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
Preceded byValentine W. Southall
Succeeded byValentine W. Southall
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1839 – December 1840
Preceded byFrancis Mallory
Succeeded byFrancis Mallory
Member of the Virginia Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1799-10-01)October 1, 1799
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
DiedAugust 5, 1844(1844-08-05) (aged 44)
Smithfield, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Caroline Carroll (1822–1844)
Emily W. Carroll (1844 – his death)
Alma materUniversity of North Carolina

Joel Holleman (October 1, 1799 – August 5, 1844) was an American politician and lawyer from Virginia. A Democrat, he served in the United States House of Representatives and as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Personal life

Holleman was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia to John Holleman and Nancy Thomas Holleman. He graduated from the University of North Carolina and attended law school there.[1][2] He was a teacher before his admission to the bar. He eventually set up a law practice at Burwell Bay, Virginia, in Isle of Wight County. He was highly regarded by peers and recognized as a top lawyer in southern Virginia.[1]

On November 22, 1828, Holleman married Caroline Carroll of Isle of Wight County. She died in 1842. He later married his sister-in-law, Emily W. Carroll.[1]

Political career

Holleman's grave at Ivy Hill Cemetery
Holleman's grave at Ivy Hill Cemetery

Holleman was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1832. He moved to the Senate of Virginia in 1836.

Holleman was elected to the Twenty-sixth Congress, taking office in 1839. At the time of his election, he made a public statement that he would resign his seat if the Whigs won his district in the 1840 presidential election. After William Henry Harrison did so, Holleman resigned.[1]

After Congress

He was reelected to the House of Delegates in 1841 and became Speaker the following year.

On April 3, 1844, a few months before his death, he married his sister-in-law, Emily W. Carroll.[1]

He died in Smithfield, Virginia, August 5, 1844 at the age of 44. He was interred in Ivy Hill Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b c d e Jamerson, p.65
  2. ^ Poore, p.451


  • United States Congress. "Joel Holleman (id: H000721)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.
  • Poore, Benj. Perley, Clerk of Printing Records, United States Senate, compiler (1878). The Political Register and Congressional Directory: A Statistical Record of the Federal Officials, Legislative, Executive and Judicial, of the United States of America, 1776-1878. Houghton, Osgood and Company, Boston. p. 451. Retrieved 2008-10-23.

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