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Joseph Jorgensen

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Joseph Jorgensen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byWilliam H. H. Stowell
Succeeded byBenjamin Hooper
Chairman of the Committee on Mileage
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded byThomas Cobb
Succeeded bySamuel Moulton
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Prince Edward County
In office
Preceded byT.P. Jackson
Succeeded byTazewell Branch
Personal details
Born(1844-02-11)February 11, 1844
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 21, 1888(1888-01-21) (aged 43)
Portland, Oregon
Resting placeWalla Walla, Washington
Political partyRepublican
Professioncivil servant, surgeon
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1864–1865; 1867–1870
Rankcivilian surgeon
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Joseph Jorgensen (February 11, 1844 – January 21, 1888) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jorgensen graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania in 1865.[1] He served as a cadet surgeon in the United States Army in the latter part of the Civil War, from 1864 to 1865, rising to acting assistant surgeon, in mid-1865, and again serving from 1867 to 1870. He served as a member of the Virginia house of delegates from Prince Edward County from 1872 to 1873. He moved to Petersburg, Virginia. He was appointed postmaster of Petersburg, Virginia, May 21, 1874 – June 8, 1877, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress.

Jorgensen was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883). He served as chairman of the Committee on Mileage (Forty-seventh Congress). He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1880. He was appointed register of the land office at Walla Walla, Washington, by President Arthur February 27, 1883, and served until removed by President Cleveland in 1886. He died on January 21, 1888, in Portland, Oreg.. He was interred in Mountain View Cemetery, Walla Walla, Washington.

Electoral history

  • 1876; Jorgensen was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 51.91% of the vote, defeating Democrat William E. Hunton and Independent Republican M.R. De Mortie.
  • 1878; Jorgensen was re-elected with 60.71% of the vote, defeating Democrat William E. Hinton, Jr.
  • 1880; Jorgensen was re-elected with 70.1% of the vote, defeating Democrat Samuel F. Coleman and Independent William Ewan Cameron.


  • United States Congress. "Joseph Jorgensen (id: J000271)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. H. Stowell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Benjamin S. Hooper
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