Born July 10, 1828, in Middlesex County
Died May 29, 1905, in Richmond
Elected by the General Assembly on March 23, 1870, to a 12-year term beginning January 1, 1871, but began his service early, on April 12, 1870. Service terminated by the election of Benjamin Lacy, the nominee of the Readjuster party.
Other judicial service:
Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1866-1870
Columbian College, A.B., 1847; M.A., 1853
Read law in Middlesex County and Staunton
Private practice, Middlesex County, 1849-1869; and Richmond, 1869
State senator, 1859-1863
State delegate, 1866-1869; 1883-1884
Elected, 91 Va., xx; began his service on April 12, 1870, The Hornbook of Virginia History, “Judges of the Supreme Court of Virginia,” (2013, December 11), in Encyclopedia Virginia, retrieved on September 15, 2014; defeated by Lacy, The Supreme Court: Lewis, Richardson, Fauntleroy and Hinton Succeed Moncure, Staples, Christian, Anderson, and Burke, The Daily Dispatch, (Richmond Va.), February 26, 1882, col. 3, retrieved on March 7, 2014; birth, death, education, and career, William Bland Whitley, “Joseph Christian (1828-1905),” Dictionary of Virginia Biography (1998); portrait, Library of Virginia catalog.