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William Shepperd Ashe

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Birthplace: Rocky Point, Pender County, North Carolina, United States
Death: Died in Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States
Cause of death: Railroad accident
Place of Burial: Ashe Cemetery, Rocky Point, Pender County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Porter Ashe and Elizabeth Haywood Ashe
Husband of Sarah Ann Ashe
Father of John Grange Ashe
Brother of Rep. John Baptista Ashe (Whig-TN); Samuel Swann Ashe and Sarah Groves Hall

Occupation: Politician, Confederate Major - in charge of train transport east of the Mississippi River
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About William Shepperd Ashe

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shepperd_Ashe

William Shepperd Ashe (14 September 1814 – 14 September 1862) was a Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1849 and 1855.

Born in Rocky Point, North Carolina, Ashe attended school in Fayetteville and pursued classical studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Ashe engaged in rice cultivation and studied law; he was admitted to the state bar in 1836 and practiced in New Hanover County.

Active in the Democratic Party, Ashe was a presidential elector in 1844 and was elected to the North Carolina Senate for a term of two years. (1846–1848). In 1848, he was sent to the U.S. House, serving in the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1855). During the 32nd Congress, Ashe chaired the Committee on Elections. He did not run again in 1854, but served as the president of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Company from 1854 until his death.

He was elected to one further term in the North Carolina Senate between 1859 to 1861. He was a delegate to the Charleston Democratic National Convention in 1860 and the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1861.

During the American Civil War, Ashe was a major in the Confederate Army, in charge of all transportation between Virginia and the rest of the South. Ashe was killed in a railroad accident near Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 1862. He is buried in a family cemetery in Pender County, North Carolina.

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Rep. William Shepperd Ashe (D-NC)'s Timeline

1813
August 12, 1813
Rocky Point, Pender County, North Carolina, United States
1862
September 14, 1862
Age 49
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States
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Rocky Point, Pender County, North Carolina, United States