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ASHMUN, George

1804–1870

Biography

ASHMUN, George, (son of Eli Porter Ashmun), a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Blandford, Hampden County, Mass., December 25, 1804; moved to Northampton with his parents in 1807; attended the local schools; was graduated from Yale College in 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Springfield in 1828; member of the State house of representatives in 1833, 1835, 1836, 1838, and 1841, serving as speaker in 1841; member of the State senate in 1838 and 1839; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth, Thirtieth, and Thirty-first Congresses (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1851); was not a candidate for renomination in 1850; resumed the practice of law in Springfield; chairman of the Republican National Convention at Chicago in 1860; director of the Union Pacific Railroad Co.; delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia in 1866; died in Springfield, Hampden County, Mass., July 16, 1870; interment in Springfield Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 5 letters.

Springfield City Library

Springfield, MA
Papers: In the Manuscripts Collection, 1706-1873, 42 linear feet. Other authors include George Ashmun.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Ashmun, George. Speech of Mr. George Ashmun, of Massachusetts, in reply to the attack of C. J. Ingersoll upon Daniel Webster. Delivered in the House of representatives of the U. S., April 27, 1846. [Washington: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1846].

------. Speech of Mr. Geo Ashmun, of Mass., on the Mexican war. Delivered in the House of representatives of the U. S., Feb. 4, 1847. Washington: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1847.

------. Speech of Mr. G. Ashmun, of Massachusetts, on the revolution in France, and emancipation in its colonies. Delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States. Washington: J. & G. S. Gideon, printers, 1848?

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