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ASHLEY, Delos Rodeyn

1828–1873

Biography

ASHLEY, Delos Rodeyn, a Representative from Nevada; born at The Post, Ark., February 19, 1828; received an academic education; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1849 and practiced; moved to California in 1849 and continued the practice of law in Monterey in 1850; district attorney 1851-1853; member of the State house of representatives in 1854 and 1855; served in the State senate in 1856 and 1857; State treasurer of California in 1862 and 1863; moved to Virginia City, Storey County, Nev., in 1864 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for renomination in 1868; moved to Pioche, Lincoln County, Nev., in 1871 and resumed the practice of law; due to failing health moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1872, and lived in retirement until his death there July 18, 1873; interment in Calvary Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Stanford University
Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the David Jacks Papers, 1845-1905, 2.5 linear feet. Individuals represented include Delos Rodeyn Ashley. A finding aid is available in the repository and also online.

University of California
The Bancroft Library

Berkeley, CA
Papers: Documents for the history of California, 1827-1860, 1 volume. Forms part of the Hubert Howe Bancroft Collection. Correspondence, legal and financial materials concerning the journey of Delos Rodeyn Ashley to California with the California Association (Michigan), purchase of land in San Jose, and predecessor activities of the Alcalde of San Jose and Monterey (1827-1860). Access is restricted for the original documents but microfilm is available.
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