About Joseph McIlvaine
Joseph McIlvaine (October 2, 1769 – August 19, 1826) was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 1823 until his death.
Early life and career
McIlvaine was born in Bristol, Pennsylvania to Col. Joseph Mcllvaine (1749–1787) and Catherine Swan. His father's sister, Mary McIlvaine (1752–1818), married Joseph Bloomfield, later Governor of New Jersey.
After pursuing an academic course and studying law, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in 1790 and commenced practice in Burlington, New Jersey in 1791.
He was clerk of Burlington County, New Jersey 1796-1800; clerk of the county court 1800 - 1823; and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey 1804 - 1820. He was appointed judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey in 1818, but declined.
He was elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Samuel L. Southard and served from November 12, 1823, until his death in Burlington, New Jersey, where he was buried at Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard.
On September 19, 1793, McIlvaine married Maria Reed, daughter of Bowes Reed, Secretary of State of New Jersey, and niece of Joseph Reed, Continental Congressman and Governor of Pennsylvania.
They had three children:
Bowes Reed McIlvaine
Bloomfield McIlvaine (1799 – 1826)
Charles Pettit McIlvaine (1799 – 1873), Bishop of Ohio