History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
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 February 24, 1801, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Judge, U.S. Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by John Adams on February 23, 1801, to a new seat authorized by 2 Stat. 89. Confirmed by the Senate on February 24, 1801, and received commission on February 24, 1801. Service terminated on July 1, 1802, due to abolition of the court.

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
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