McCORKLE, Joseph Walker (1819-1884)

MCCORKLE, JOSEPH WALKER, a Representative from California; born in Piqua, Ohio, June 24, 1819; attended the common schools and Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1842 and commenced practice in Dayton, Ohio; postmaster of Dayton 1845-1849; moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1849; unsuccessful candidate for judge of the eighth judicial district in 1850; member of the State assembly 1850-1852; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1852; moved to Marysville, Calif.; appointed judge of the ninth judicial district in 1853 and served in that capacity until 1857; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1855; resumed the practice of his profession in San Francisco, Calif.; moved to Virginia City, Nev., in 1860 and continued the practice of law; moved to Washington, D.C., in 1870 and practiced before the Mexican Claims Commission; died in Branchville, Md., March 18, 1884; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, Ohio.

Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1852, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Walker McCorkle to Lewis Granger written on April 21, 1852. In the letter, Joseph McCorkle writes about the land claims of the Native Americans in Southern California, and he writes to Lewis Granger about the necessary forms and procedures to pursue such cases.


University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: Letters to Edward Bicknall, 1853-1855, 6 folders.
A letter, May 30, 1853, from San Francisco, mentions activities of fellow Rhode Islanders, Lola Montez and the impending Gwin-McCorkle duel.