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HOXIE, Joseph, politician, born in Charlestown, Rhode Island, 13 August, 1795; died in Westerly, Rhode Island, 18 August, 1870. At the age of seventeen he went to New York city, engaged in the clothing business, and eventually became an importer and dealer in clothing materials. In 1887 he was chosen county clerk. and on the nomination of General William H. Harrison for the presidency entered heartily into the canvass. In the next presidential canvass he supported Henry Clay. In 1864 President Lincoln appointed him a collector of internal revenue. In 1852 Mr. Hoxie established a fire-insurance company, of which he was president until the time of his death, he acquired much undeserved notoriety as the uncle and employer of Richard P. Robinson, the principal person concerned in the "Helen Jewett trial." As a political speaker, Nr. Hoxie possessed no eloquence, but as a campaign vocalist he was unequalled, and he appeared as such in most of our large cities during the "Harrison log-cabin and hard-cider campaign." His small band of singers held the attention of thousands, who readily joined in the refrain of "Tippecanoe and Tyler too," and "Van, Van, Van's a used-up man)' These immense vocal gatherings won over to the Whig side hosts of voters, who sang themselves into convictions that were beyond the reach of political argument.
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