Oil on canvas, 31 x 26 in., by Mrs. J. William Fosdick, undated
Location: Hearing Room A
Born July 10, 1828 in Middlesex County, Virginia.
Died May 29, 1905 in Richmond, Virginia.
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.
Columbian College, A.B., 1847; M.A., 1853
Read law in Middlesex County and Staunton, Virginia
Other judicial service:
Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, 1866-1870
Private practice of law in Middlesex County (1849-1869) and Richmond, Virginia (1869)
Virginia state senator, 1859-1863
Virginia state delegate, 1866-1869, 1883-1884
Further reading/Research collections
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.