Joseph Ralph was from Joliet. He was Supervisor of Construction at Ellis Island in 1890-1891 just before it opened on New Year's Day 1892. Ralph had many government jobs and was a long-time member of the Illinois State Association.
When the ISA became the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC in 1917, Joseph Ralph had just completed nine years as Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He was elected Secretary of the newly re-named Illinois State Society of Washington, DC in 1917 and served as one of the Republican members of the bi-partisan board.