Joseph Hopkinson

Joseph Hopkinson
  • Son of Francis Hopkinson, Joseph graduated with a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a federal judge, a Congressman in the House of Representatives from 1814 to 1819, and as a member of the NJ Legislature. In 1798 he penned the lyrics to Hail Columbia which was the unofficial national anthem until 1931. Today it’s used as the official anthem of the Vice President of the US.