Joseph Fornance (October 18, 1804 – November 24, 1852) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Joseph Fornance was born in Lower Merion Township. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced practice in Norristown. He served as president of the council of the Borough of Norristown. He was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1834 to 1843. 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. Fornance nominated future Civil War Major General and Democratic presidential candidate Winfield Scott Hancock for the United States Military Academy at West Point.



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