HOPKINSON, Joseph (1770-1842)

HOPKINSON, JOSEPH, (son of Francis Hopkinson), a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., on November 12, 1770; was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Philadelphia in 1791 where he practiced his profession, except for the period of one year at Easton, Pa.; wrote the anthem ``Hail Columbia!'' in 1798; was associated with Daniel Webster in the Dartmouth College case; counsel for Justice Samuel Chase in his impeachment trial before the United States Senate in 1804 and 1805; elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth Congress; reelected to the succeeding Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819); was not a candidate for reelection in 1818; moved to Bordentown, N.J., in 1820; member of the New Jersey house of assembly; returned to Philadelphia, Pa., in 1823; judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1828-1842; chairman of the State constitutional convention in 1837; secretary of the board of trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in 1790 and 1791; trustee, 1806-1819 and 1822-1842; died in Philadelphia, Pa., January 15, 1842; interment in the old Borden-Hopkinson Burial Ground, Bordentown, N.J.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In Hopkinson family papers, 1736-1944. 3 feet (19 volumes).
Unpublished table of contents in repository.


New York Public Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1 letter (May 25, 1815) in the Caesar Rodney papers.
Finding aid in repository.

  • Hopkinson, Joseph. An address delivered before the Law Academy of Philadelphia, at the opening of the session of 1826-7. Philadelphia: The Law Academy, 1826.
  • ------. Annual discourse delivered before the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts on the 13th of November, 1810. Philadelphia: Bradford and Inskeep, 1810.
  • ------. Annual oration delivered before the Zelosophic Society of the University of Pennsylvania in the College Hall, July 29th, 1831. Philadelphia: Printed by J.R.A. Skerrett, 1831.
  • ------. Considerations on the abolition of the common law in the United States. Philadelphia: Pub. by William P. Farrand and Co., Fry and Kammerer, printers, 1809.
  • ------. Extract of a letter from Judge Hopkinson, of Philadelphia, to a gentleman in England: Published in the London Morning Chronicle of the 15th October, 1829. [United States: N.p.,1829?]
  • ------. Lecture upon the principles of commercial integrity, and the duties subsisting between a debtor and his creditors: With suggestions of the causes of the defects in these respects in the American commercial character: Delivered to the Mercantile Library Company, March 2, 1832. Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1832.
  • ------. Speeches of Joseph Hopkinson and Charles Chauncey, on the judicial tenure, delivered in the Convention of Pennsylvania, for revising the Constitution. Philadelphia: E.L. Carey & A. Hart, 1838.
  • ------. What is our situation? And what our prospects?: A few pages for Americans. By an American. [Philadelphia?: N.p., 1798?]
  • Konkle, Burton Alva. Joseph Hopkinson, 1770-1842, Jurist: Scholar: Inspirer of the Arts: Author of Hail Columbia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1931.