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Charles Herbert Joyce


Charles Herbert Joyce

Charles Herbert Joyce
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Charles W. Willard
Succeeded by John Wolcott Stewart
Personal details
Born (1830-01-30)January 30, 1830
Andover, England
Died November 22, 1916(1916-11-22) (aged 86)
Pittsfield, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Rouene M. Randall Joyce.[1]
Children Inez Rouene Joyce[2]

Grace Randall Joyce
Charles P.F. Joyce.[3]

Alma mater Newbury Seminary
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Charles Herbert Joyce (January 30, 1830 - November 22, 1916) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Joyce was born near Andover, England to Charles Joyce and Martha E. Grist Joyce.[4] At the age of six, in 1836, he immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Waitsfield, Vermont.[5]

He attended Waitsfield Academy and Northfield Academy before entering Newbury Seminary.[6] He was a page in the Vermont House of Representatives for three sessions.[7] While studying law, Joyce taught school to support himself. He was admitted to the bar in 1852. He began the practice of law in Northfield, Vermont in 1855.[8]

Joyce spent one year as assistant state librarian, then two years as the state librarian.[9] He served as the district attorney for Washington County in 1857 and 1858.[10]

When the American Civil War broke out, he served in the Union Army as major and lieutenant colonel of the Second Vermont Volunteers.[11] After the war he resumed his legal practice in Rutland, Vermont and entered politics, serving as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1869 until 1871.[12] He was the speaker in 1870 and 1871.[13]

Joyce was elected as a Republican candidate to the Forty-fourth Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1875 until March 3, 1883.[14] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1882. After leaving office he again resumed his legal practice in Rutland, Vermont.[15]

He retired from his legal practice in 1895.[16] Joyce resided in Pittsfield, Vermont until his death on November 22, 1916. He is interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland, Vermont.[17]

Personal life

Joyce was married to Rouene M. Randall Joyce.[18] They had three children: Inez Rouene Joyce,[19] Grace Randall Joyce, and Charles P.F. Joyce.[20]

See also


Further reading

  • "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 1" by Hiram Carleton, published by Lewis Publishing Company, 1903.

External links

  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress: JOYCE, Charles Herbert, (1830 - 1916)
  • Find A Grave: Charles Herbert Joyce
  • Rep. Charles Joyce
  • The Political Graveyard: Joyce, Charles Herbert (1830-1916)
  • Biography of Charles Herbert Joyce

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