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HEMPHILL, Joseph, jurist, born in Delaware county, Pennsylvania, in 1770; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 29 May, 1842. He received an academic education, studied law, and began to practise in Chester county. He was an active Federalist, and in 1800 was elected to congress, serving one term, and distinguishing himself by a speech on the judiciary bill in 1801. In 1803 he removed to Philadelphia, was appointed the first president judge of that city and county, and served again in congress from 6 December, 1819, till 1826, when he resigned. In 1829 he was again elected as a Jackson Democrat, and served one term. He was a member of the state house of representatives in 1831-'2.
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