ASHMORE, John Durant

ASHMORE, John Durant
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1819–1871

Biography

ASHMORE, John Durant, (cousin of Robert Thomas Ashmore), a Representative from South Carolina; born in Greenville District, S.C., August 18, 1819; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar but never practiced; engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of representatives 1848-1853; comptroller general of the State 1853-1857; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1859, until his retirement on December 21, 1860; chairman, Committee on Mileage (Thirty-sixth Congress); during the Civil War was elected colonel of the Fourth South Carolina Regiment, but resigned before the regiment was called into service; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Greenville, S.C.; died in Sardis, Miss., December 5, 1871; interment in Black Jack Cemetery, near Sardis, in Panola County.

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External Research Collections

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: 1853-1859, 1 volume. Plantation journal, 1853-1859, of John Durant Ashmore, relating to plantations in the Sumter and Anderson districts, S.C. Entries, made on a daily basis, consist of short remarks on the planting of cotton, corn, potatoes, peaches, and other crops. At times, individual laborers, presumably slaves, are named, but most entries describe groups of workers in terms of "hands."
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