Joseph Hopkinson - Federal Judicial Service

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Hopkinson returned to Philadelphia in 1823, resuming his private practice there until 1828.

On October 23, 1828, Hopkinson received a recess appointment from John Quincy Adams to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania vacated by the death of Richard Peters. Formally nominated on December 11, 1828, Hopkinson was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 23, 1829, and received his commission the same day. During his service on the court, he also served as chairman of the State constitutional convention in 1837. He served on the court until his death, in Philadelphia, in 1842, and was interred in the old Borden-Hopkinson Burial Ground in Bordentown, New Jersey.

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