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Joseph Reed Ingersoll

Joseph Reed Ingersoll
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 4, 1837
Serving with James Harper
Preceded by Horace Binney
Succeeded by George Washington Toland
In office
October 12, 1841 – March 3, 1849
Serving with George Washington Toland (1841-1843)
Preceded by John Sergeant
Succeeded by Joseph R. Chandler
United States Minister to the United Kingdom
In office
October 16, 1852 – August 23, 1853
Preceded by Abbott Lawrence
Succeeded by James Buchanan

Joseph Reed Ingersoll (June 14, 1786 – February 20, 1868) was an American lawyer and statesman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1835 he followed his father, Jared Ingersoll, and his older brother, Charles Jared Ingersoll, to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. House.


He graduated from Princeton College in 1804. He studied law with his father, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Philadelphia. He was elected in 1834 as a Whig anti-Jacksonian candidate to the Twenty-fourth Congress. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1836, serving 1835–1837. He resumed the practice of law.

Ingersoll was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Sergeant. He was reelected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses. He declined to accept the nomination as a candidate for reelection in 1848. In all, his second stay in office lasted from 1841 to 1849.

He was the chairman of the United States House Committee on the Judiciary during the Thirtieth Congress. He was an advocate for protection and a firm supporter of Henry Clay. One of his noted efforts in the House was a defense of Clay's tariff of 1842.

In 1852, President Millard Fillmore sent him to the United Kingdom as the U.S. Minister. He served about a year, and then retired

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