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Joseph Hiester

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Birthplace: Berne, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Place of Burial: Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Christian Hiester and Maria Barbara Hiester
Husband of Elizabeth Hiester
Father of Catherine Spayd; John Sylvanus Hiester; Mary Elizabeth Pawling; Rebecca Muhlenberg; Mary Muhlenberg and 2 others
Brother of John Adam Ruth and <private> Fisher (Ruth)
Half brother of <private> Fisher (Ruth); Mary Magdalena Hain; Anna Maria Ruth and Daniel Ruth

Occupation: Governor and Congressman
Managed by: Private User
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About Gov. Joseph Hiester, US Congress

  • HIESTER, JOSEPH
  • Ancestor #: A055162
  • Service: PENNSYLVANIA Rank(s): LIEUTENANT COLONEL, PATRIOTIC SERVICE
  • Birth: 11-18-1752 BERN TWP BERKS CO PENNSYLVANIA
  • Death: 6-10-1832 READING PENNSYLVANIA
  • Service Description:
  • 1) CAPT,3D BATT,FLYING CAMP;MAJ,LCOL;4TH,
  • 2) 6TH BATTS,BERKS CO;MEM OF PROV CONG;COMM

US Congressman and Governor. After attending the local schools he engaged in the mercantile business until the Revolutionary War. He entered the war as a captain and was promoted to colonel and elected as a major general after the war. For a brief time he was held as a prisoner of war by the British. He was a member of the constitutional convention that ratified the Federal Constitution on February 12, 1787. For 14 years he was a representative in the state congress and then four years in the state senate. In a special election he was elected to the Fifth Congress to fill a vacancy and reelected to the next three terms of Congress. He resigned from the Congress in 1820 when he was elected as Governor and served until 1824. He was originally interred in the burying ground of the Reformed Church before reinterment to this location. (bio by: Tom Todd)
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Joseph Hiester (November 18, 1752 – June 10, 1832) was the fifth Governor of Pennsylvania from 1820 to 1823. He was a member of the Hiester family political dynasty.

Hiester was the son of John Hiester and Maria Barbara Epler. He received a common-school education when he was not working on the farm, and became a clerk in a store in Reading run by Adam Whitman. He became a partner in the store in 1771 when he married Elizabeth, Whitman's daughter.[1]

At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, he raised and equipped in that town a company with which he took part in the battles of Long Island and Germantown. He was promoted to colonel. He was captured and briefly confined in the prison ship “Jersey,” where he did much to alleviate the sufferings of his fellow prisoners. Later he was transferred to New York City where he was exchanged.[1]

He was a member of the convention of 1776 that drafted the Articles of Confederation, of the Pennsylvania state constitutional convention which ratified the United States Constitution, and of the state constitutional convention of 1790. He served in the house (1787–1790) and the senate (1790–1794) of Pennsylvania. In 1807, he was appointed one of the two major generals to command the quota of Pennsylvania militia that was called for by the president. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1797 until 1805, and again from 1815 until 1820, 14 years altogether. In 1817, he ran for governor, only to be defeated by William Findlay. Hiester faced Findlay again in 1820 and narrowly won a single term in office. Refusing on principle to stand for reelection in 1823,[1] he served until 1824 when he retired from public life. During his term, he presided over the dedication of the first state capitol building in the new capital of Harrisburg. He surprised partisans and opponents by making appointments strictly on merit rather than party affiliation

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Joseph Hiester (November 18, 1752 – June 10, 1832) was the fifth Governor of Pennsylvania from 1820 to 1823. He was a member of the Hiester family political dynasty.


Biography


Hiester was the son of John Hiester and Maria Barbara Epler. He received a common-school education when he was not working on the farm, and became a clerk in a store in Reading run by Adam Whitman. He became a partner in the store in 1771 when he married Elizabeth, Whitman's daughter.


At the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, he raised and equipped in that town a company with which he took part in the battles of Long Island and Germantown. He was promoted to colonel. He was captured and briefly confined in the prison ship “Jersey,” where he did much to alleviate the sufferings of his fellow prisoners. Later he was transferred to New York City where he was exchanged.


He was a member of the convention of 1776 that drafted the Articles of Confederation, of the Pennsylvania state constitutional convention which ratified the United States Constitution, and of the state constitutional convention of 1790. He served in the house (1787–1790) and the senate (1790–1794) of Pennsylvania. In 1807, he was appointed one of the two major generals to command the quota of Pennsylvania militia that was called for by the president. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1797 until 1805, and again from 1815 until 1820, 14 years altogether. In 1817, he ran for governor, only to be defeated by William Findlay. Hiester faced Findlay again in 1820 and narrowly won a single term in office. Refusing on principle to stand for reelection in 1823, he served until 1824 when he retired from public life. During his term, he presided over the dedication of the first state capitol building in the new capital of Harrisburg. He surprised partisans and opponents by making appointments strictly on merit rather than party affiliation.


Legacy


He has a residence hall on the Penn State University Park campus named after him.


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Gov. Joseph Hiester, US Congress's Timeline

1752
November 18, 1752
Berne, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
1771
1771
Age 18
1774
1774
Age 21
1778
April 15, 1778
Age 25
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
1781
1781
Age 28
1784
1784
Age 31
1784
Age 31
1785
June 22, 1785
Age 32
Bernville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
1832
June 10, 1832
Age 79
Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States