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Clay, Joseph Jr.
Born August 16, 1764, in Savannah, GA
Died January 11, 1811, in Boston, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Georgia
Received a recess appointment from George Washington on September 16, 1796, to a seat vacated by Nathaniel Pendleton; nominated to the same position by George Washington on December 21, 1796. Confirmed by the Senate on December 27, 1796, and received commission on January 2, 1797. Service terminated on May 12, 1801, due to resignation.

Education:
College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), 1784
Read law, 1790

Professional Career:
Private practice, Savannah, Georgia, 1790-1796, 1802-1804
Assistant pastor, Savannah, Georgia, 1804-1807
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Boston, Massachusetts, 1807-1809

Nominated to U.S. Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit, February 21, 1801; confirmed, February 24, 1801; declined appointment
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