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Charles Herbert Joyce
Member of the
United States House of Representatives
from Vermont's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Charles W. Willard
Succeeded by John Wolcott Stewart
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1830-01-30)January 30, 1830
near Andover, Hampshire, England, U.K.
Died November 22, 1916(1916-11-22) (aged 86)
Pittsfield, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse Rouene M. Randall Joyce
Children 3
Alma mater Newbury Seminary
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Charles Herbert Joyce (January 30, 1830 – November 22, 1916) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Vermont.


Joyce was born near Andover, Hampshire, England to Charles Joyce and Martha E. Grist Joyce. At the age of six, in 1836, he immigrated to the United States with his parents, who settled in Waitsfield, Vermont.

He attended Waitsfield Academy and Northfield Academy before entering Newbury Seminary. He was a page in the Vermont House of Representatives for three sessions. While studying law with Francis V. Randall, John L. Buck, and Farrand F. Merrill, Joyce taught school to support himself. He was admitted to the bar in 1852. He began the practice of law in Northfield, Vermont in 1855.

Joyce spent one year as assistant state librarian, then two years as the state librarian. He served as the district attorney for Washington County in 1857 and 1858.

When the American Civil War broke out, he served in the Union Army as major and lieutenant colonel of the Second Vermont Volunteers. After the war he resumed his legal practice in Rutland, Vermont and entered politics, serving as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1869 until 1871. He was the speaker in 1870 and 1871.

Joyce was elected as a Republican candidate to the Forty-fourth Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1875 until March 3, 1883. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1882. After leaving office he again resumed his legal practice in Rutland, Vermont.

He retired from his legal practice in 1895. Joyce resided in Pittsfield, Vermont until his death on November 22, 1916. He is interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Rutland, Vermont.

Personal life

Joyce was married to Rouene M. Randall Joyce. They had three children: Inez Rouene Joyce, Grace Randall Joyce, and Charles P.F. Joyce.

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