Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
CHANDLER, Joseph Ripley (1792-1880)

CHANDLER, JOSEPH RIPLEY, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Kingston, Mass., August 22, 1792; attended the common schools; engaged in commercial work in Boston; moved to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1815; founded a young ladies' seminary; editor of the United States Gazette 1822-1847; member of the Philadelphia city council 1832-1848; member of the State constitutional convention in 1837; elected as a Whig to the Thirty-first, Thirty-second, and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; appointed by President Buchanan as Minister to the Two Sicilies and served from June 15, 1858, to November 15, 1860; president of the board of directors of Girard College; interested in prison reform and was a delegate to the International Prison Congress held at London in 1872; died in Philadelphia, Pa., July 10, 1880; interment in New Cathedral Cemetery.

Bryn Mawr College
The Adelman Collection
Bryn Mawr, PA
Papers: 1835-1853, 8 items.
Correspondence of Joseph R. Chandler includes letters of recommendation for constituents desiring government positions, acceptance of an award, and requests for reports and copies of speeches. Correspondents include Edward Olmsted, Philadelphia city solicitor; A.P. Upshur, secretary of the navy; President Millard Fillmore; and L.J. Cist.


Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 1850, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph R. Chandler to John Hill Martin written on February 9, 1850. In the letter, Joseph Chandler offers to place Martin's letter before the Library Committee of Congress and promises to send Martin a copy of Mr. [Henry] Clay's speech and similar papers.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1850-1851, 1 volume.
Letterbook of Joseph B. Chandler, 1850-1851.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1664-1956, 10 feet.
Correspondents include Joseph R. Chandler.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: April 1849; February 8, 1850. 2 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


Pennsylvania State University
Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries
University Park, PA
Papers: In the Mathew Carey Letters, 1802-1832, 15 items.
Correspondents include Joseph R. Chandler.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1832, 1 item.
Correspondence between Joseph R. Chandler and Robert Montgomery Bird, 1832.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1847, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph R. Chandler to R.S. Beardsley written on October 21, 1847. In the letter, Joseph Chandler discusses in detail uncertainty as to whether he can lecture before a young men's group at the time Beardsley proposed due to other similar lectures and engagements with Girard College.

Papers: In the Autograph Collection of Davis R. Marshall, 1801-1868, 103 items on 1 reel microfilm.
Persons represented include Joseph R. Chandler.

  • Chandler, Joseph Ripley. Address of the Hon. Joseph R. Chandler. Baltimore: Hedian & O'Brien, [1855].
  • ------. The Beverly family; or, Home influence of religion. Philadelphia: P. F. Cunningham & Son, 1875.
  • ------. Chandler's common school grammar. A grammar of the English language; adapted to the schools of America. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1848.
  • ------. The duties of the men of education; an address delivered before the literary societies of Washington College, at the annual commencement, Sept. 29th, 1847. Washington, Pa.: Printed by J. Bausman, 1847.
  • ------. The good fruits of free-masonry. Salem: Essex Lodge, [1851].
  • ------. A grammar of the English language: Adapted to the schools of America. Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1847.
  • ------. Outlines of penology. [Philadelphia?: N.p., 1874]. Reprint, Philadelphia: [Printed by J. B. Chandler], 1875.
  • ------. The pilgrims of the rock: An oration delivered in the First Congregational Church, before the Society of the Sons of New England of Philadelphia, at their second anniversary, on the 22d December, 1845. Philadelphia: Printed by J.C. Clark, 1846.
  • ------. Public schools of Washington: Address of Hon. Joseph R. Chandler, of Pennsylvania, at the public school celebration, August 1, 1850. Washington, D.C.: Printed by John T. Towers, 1850.
  • ------. Remarks of Hon. J. R. Chandler ... on the bill for the establishment of a branch mint of the United States in the city of New York, and a branch mint and assayer's office at San Francisco ... Delivered in the House of Representatives, January 30, 1851. [Washington]: Towers, printer, [1851].
  • ------. "Social duties." An address delivered before the "Girard brotherhood" of the Girard College for Orphans, May 21, 1855. Philadelphia: J.B. Chandler, printer, 1855.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. J.R. Chandler, of Penn., on the admission of California: delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States, March 28, 1850. Washington: Gideon & Co., printers, 1850.
  • ------. Temporal power of the pope. [Washington: Printed at the office of the Congressional Globe, 1855].
  • Gerrity, Frank. "Joseph R. Chandler and the Politics of Religion, 1848-1860." Catholic Historical Review 74 (April 1988): 226-47.
  • ------. "The Disruption of the Philadelphia Whigocracy: Joseph R. Chandler, Anti-Catholicism, and the Congressional Election of 1854." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 111 (April 1987): 161-94.