TILLINGHAST, Joseph Leonard (1791-1844)

TILLINGHAST, JOSEPH LEONARD, (cousin of Thomas Tillinghast), a Representative from Rhode Island; was born in Taunton, Mass., in 1791; moved to Rhode Island and pursued classical studies; published the Providence Gazette in 1809; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1811 and began practice in Providence, R.I.; member of the State house of representatives 1826-1833, serving as speaker 1829-1832; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1843); was not a candidate for renomination; trustee of Brown University at Providence 1833-1844; died in Providence, R.I., December 30, 1844; interment in North Burial Ground.

Brandeis University
Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department
Waltham, MA
Papers: In the Daniel Webster Collection, 1841-1843, 5 linear feet.
Correspondents include Joseph L. Tillinghast.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1835, 1 page.
A letter from Daniel Webster to Joseph L. Tillinghast written on November 13, 1835. In the letter, Webster asks Tillinghast if his attendance at the court in Providence on Monday is indispensable.


Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: In the Tillinghast Family Papers, 1763-1971, approximately •4,909 items.
Persons represented include Joseph L. Tillinghast.


The Filson Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: 1831, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph L. Tillinghast to his wife written on December 16, 1831. In the letter, Tillinghast recalls the events of the 1831 Whig Convention in Baltimore and describes the unity of the delegates in their support of Henry Clay as the Whig Presidential nominee, the proceedings of the Convention and his feelings about being the Convention Secretary.


Herkimer County Historical Society
Herkimer, NY
Papers: In the Tillinghast Family Papers, ca. 1827-1910, 0.3 cubic foot.
Persons represented include Joseph L. Tillinghast.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the James Fowler Simmons Papers, 1788-1939, approximately 21,000 items.
Correspondents include Joseph L. Tillinghast.


Rhode Island Historical Society
Providence, RI
Papers: In the Isaac P. Hazard Papers, ca. 1813-1879, 6 linear feet.
Correspondents include Joseph L. Tillinghast.

Papers: In the Power-Whitman Papers, 1733-1876, 0.25 linear foot.
Correspondents include Joseph L. Tillinghast.

Papers: In the Tillinghast Family Papers, ca. 1738-1824, 1.5 linear feet.
Persons represented include Joseph L. Tillinghast.


University of Rhode Island Library
Kingston, RI
Papers: 1843. 1 letter in Charles Lanman collection.
Register available.

Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts, Ehemera, and Artifact Collection, ca. 1840, amount unknown.
Persons represented include Joseph L. Tillinghast.