Joseph L. Tillinghast

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Joseph L. Tillinghast
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byDutee J. Pearce
Succeeded bySeat inactive
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1790-05-18)May 18, 1790
Taunton, Massachusetts
DiedDecember 30, 1844(1844-12-30) (aged 54)
Providence, Rhode Island
Resting placeNorth Burial Ground
Political partyWhig
RelativesPardon Tillinghast
Thomas Tillinghast

Joseph Leonard Tillinghast (May 18, 1790 – December 30, 1844) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island, cousin of Thomas Tillinghast.

Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, Tillinghast moved to Rhode Island and pursued classical studies. Published the Providence Gazette in 1809. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1811 and began practice in Providence, Rhode Island. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1826-1833, serving as speaker 1829-1832.

Tillinghast was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-sixth, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1843). He was not a candidate for renomination. Trustee of Brown University at Providence 1833-1844. He died in Providence, Rhode Island, December 30, 1844. He was interred in North Burial Ground.

He was a great great grandson of Rev. Pardon Tillinghast (1622–1718).


  • United States Congress. "Joseph L. Tillinghast (id: T000272)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • 'The Tillinghasts in America: The First Four Generations' by Wayne G. Tillinghast (2006), Rhode Island Genealogical Society.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dutee J. Pearce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Seat inactive