Joshua Collett (November 20, 1781 – May 23, 1855)[1] was a lawyer in the U.S. State of Ohio who was a judge on the Ohio Supreme Court 1829–1836.

Joshua Collett
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Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice
In office
February 10, 1829 – February 4, 1836
Preceded byJacob Burnet
Succeeded byFrederick Grimke
Personal details
Born(1781-11-20)November 20, 1781
Berkeley County, Virginia
DiedMay 23, 1855(1855-05-23) (aged 73)
Lebanon, Ohio
Resting placePioneer Cemetery, Lebanon
Spouse(s)Eliza Van Horne


Joshua Collett was a native of Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia), born November 20, 1781.,[2] read law in Martinsburg, and moved to Cincinnati just before Ohio was admitted to the union. Six months later, June 1803,[3] he moved to Lebanon, Ohio, and was the first lawyer in Warren County.[4]

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.[4]

Collett was a Presidential elector for the Whig Party in 1836 and 1840.[4] Collett was a trustee of Miami University from 1824 to 1841.[1]

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."[4]

Collett died on his farm near Lebanon May 23, 1855.[2]

Collett married Eliza Van Horne on October 18, 1808 in Warren County. They were both Baptist Church members. Eliza died in 1846 and Joshua in 1855. Both were buried in Pioneer Cemetery in Lebanon.[1]

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  • Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 1. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company.
  • Howe, Henry (1891). "Warren County". Historical Collections of Ohio. 3. The State of Ohio.
  • Kinkead, Edgar B (1895). "Supreme Court of Ohio". The Green bag: an entertaining magazine of the law. 7.