Joseph Fornance

Joseph Fornance (October 18, 1804 – November 24, 1852) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.

Joseph Fornance
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byJacob Fry, Jr.
Succeeded byJacob Senewell Yost
Personal details
Born(1804-10-18)October 18, 1804
Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 24, 1852(1852-11-24) (aged 48)
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Political partyDemocratic


Joseph Fornance born in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832, and commenced practice in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He served as president of the council of the Borough of Norristown. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1834.


Fornance was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1842. He resumed the practice of his profession, and died in Norristown in 1852. He was interred in Montgomery Cemetery, in West Norriton Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, near Norristown.

Fornance nominated future Civil War Major General and Democratic presidential candidate Winfield Scott Hancock for the United States Military Academy at West Point.[citation needed]


  • United States Congress. "Joseph Fornance (id: F000276)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by