Joseph Clay (July 24, 1769 – August 27, 1811) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Joseph Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 28, 1808
Preceded byWilliam Jones
Succeeded byJacob Richards, Benjamin Say, John Porter
Personal details
Born(1769-07-24)July 24, 1769
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedAugust 27, 1811(1811-08-27) (aged 42)
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

Joseph Clay was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Congresses, and served until his resignation after March 28, 1808. He was also engaged in banking. Clay served as chairman of the United States House Committee on Ways and Means during the Ninth Congress. He was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1804 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against John Pickering, judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

He became cashier of the Farmers & Mechanics’ Bank of Philadelphia, and died in Philadelphia in 1811. Interment in Christ Church Burying Ground.

He was the father of diplomat John Randolph Clay, and the grandfather of brevet brigadier general Cecil Clay.


  • United States Congress. "Joseph Clay (id: C000486)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 1st congressional district

alongside: Michael Leib and Jacob Richards

alongside: Jacob Richards and John Porter

Succeeded by
Jacob Richards, Benjamin Say, and John Porter