|Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice|
February 10, 1829 – February 4, 1836
|Preceded by||Jacob Burnet|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Grimke|
|Born||November 20, 1781|
Berkeley County, Virginia
|Died||May 23, 1855 (aged 73)|
|Resting place||Pioneer Cemetery, Lebanon|
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Van Horne|
Joshua Collett was a native of Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia), born November 20, 1781., read law in Martinsburg, and moved to Cincinnati just before Ohio was admitted to the union. Six months later, June 1803, he moved to Lebanon, Ohio, and was the first lawyer in Warren County.
Collett was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Warren County in 1810, and served ten years. He was then appointed judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and then re-appointed after seven years. He was appointed in 1829 to the Ohio Supreme Court, and retired from public office in 1836.
One author characterized Collett thus: "He was modest, even to diffidence. ...his learning in the law and studious habits largely compensated for the lack of assurance. ... Throughout life he preserved a character for integrity, virtue, and benevolence."
Collett died on his farm near Lebanon May 23, 1855.
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