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ASHMORE, Robert Thomas

ASHMORE, Robert Thomas
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
1904–1989

Biography

ASHMORE, Robert Thomas, (cousin of John Durant Ashmore), a Representative from South Carolina; born on a farm near Greenville, S.C., February 22, 1904; attended the public schools of Greenville; was graduated from Furman University Law School, Greenville, S.C., in 1927; while a student engaged in agricultural work, retail sales, and as a substitute rural mail carrier; was admitted to the bar in January 1928 and engaged in the practice of law in Greenville, S.C.; solicitor of Greenville County Court 1930-1934; solicitor of the thirteenth judicial circuit of South Carolina 1936-1953; during the Second World War, while on official leave from duties as solicitor, volunteered for service in the United States Army in December 1942, serving in this country and overseas until discharged from active duty in May 1946, as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserve; promoted to colonel in 1955; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Joseph R. Bryson; reelected to the Eighty-fourth and to the six succeeding Congresses (June 2, 1953-January 3, 1969); was not a candidate for reelection in 1968 to the Ninety-first Congress; resumed the practice of law; member of the board, South Carolina Appalachian Regional Planning and Development Commission (later South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments), 1970-1989, and chairman, 1970-1972; was a resident of Greenville, S.C., until his death there on October 5, 1989; interment in White Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Greenville, S.C.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of South Carolina
South Carolina Political Collections

Columbia, SC
Papers: 1914-2002, 3.75 linear feet. Collection documents Ashmore’s representation of South Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District, 1953-1969, and contains chiefly personal and public correspondence, speeches, and copies of legislation sponsored by Ashmore. Included are materials pertaining to his campaigns, 1936-1970; his role in the passage of 1966 legislation that eliminated “two price cotton”; and his work with the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, 1970-1985. Also includes topical files on communism and civil rights, clippings, and photographs. Further information and finding aid available at: http://www.sc.edu/library/scpc/ashmore.html.
Oral History: 1989, amount unknown. An oral history interview with former Congressman Robert T. Ashmore.
Papers: In the Daniel Rogers McLeod Papers, 1957-1983, 2, 417 items and 1 volume. Correspondence include Robert T. Ashmore.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Archives and Manuscripts

Boston, MA
Papers: In the Lawrence F. O'Brien White House Congressional Liaison Office Files, 1961-1963, 16.5 cubic feet. Correspondents include Robert T. Ashmore.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In the Daniel Rogers McLeod Papers, 1957-1983, 1.25 linear feet. Correspondents include Robert T. Ashmore.

University of Texas at Austin
The Center for American History

Austin, TX
Papers: In the Sam Rayburn Papers, ca. 1831-2007, approximately 119 feet. Persons represented include Robert T. Ashmore.
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