Governor Ashbel P. Willard

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Ashbel Parsons Willard

Birthplace: Vernon, Oneida, New York, United States
Death: October 04, 1860 (39)
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Colonel Erastus Willard and Sarah Parsons
Husband of Caroline C. Willard

Occupation: Lawyer ; representative to the Indiana legislature in 1852; lieutenant-governor 1853-1855; governor, 1857-1860.
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About Governor Ashbel P. Willard

Ashbel Parsons Willard (October 31, 1820–October 4, 1860) was state senator, the 12th Lieutenant Governor, and the 11th Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana. His terms in office were marked by increasingly severe partisanship leading to the breakup of the state Democratic Party in the years leading up to the American Civil War. His brother-in-law was involved in John Brown's Raid and was executed. Willard went to the south to advocate unsuccessfully for his release, and became despised by southerners who accused him of having a secret involvement in the raid. He died two months before the start of the war while giving a speech on national unity, and was the first governor of Indiana to die in office.

ID: I26562

Name: Ashbel Parsons Willard 1

Sex: M

Birth: 31 OCT 1820 in Vernon, Oneida, NY

Death: 4 OCT 1860 in St. Paul, MN

Note: He graduated at Hamilton College in 1842. Became a lawyer, entered into politics on the Democratic side; was elected representative to the Indiana legislature in 1852; lieutenant-governor 1853-1855; governor, 1857-1860. He was a powerful campaign speaker, a strong leader and efficient governor.

Father: Erastus Willard b: ABT. 1795 in Egremont, Berkshire, MA

Mother: Sarah Parsons

Marriage 1 Caroline C. Cook

Married: 31 MAY 1847



Author: Materials gathered by Joseph Willard and Charles Wilkes Walker, Edited and completed by Charles Henry Pope

Publication: Printed for the Willard Family Assn., Boston, MA, 1915, Murray and Emery, Kendall Sq., Cambridge, MA, Digital Edition 2001 by Richard Bingham, Oceanport, NJ


Media: Electronic

Erastus WILLARD (Simon , Simon , John , Simon , Richard , Symon , Richard , William ) was born about 1795 in Egremont, Berkshire Co., Ma. 

Erastus married (1) Sarah PARSONS in Oneida Co., Ny.

They had the following children:

 1280 M i Ashbel Parsons WILLARD Gov. was born on Oct 31 1820 in Vernon, Oneida Co., Ny. He died on Oct 4 1860 in St. Paul, Ramsey Co. Mi.  
       Ashbel married Caroline C. COOK on May 31 1847. Caroline was born in From Haddam, Middlesex Co., Ct.  

Erastus married (2) Mary HOLLENBECK daughter of Michael HOLLENBECK.

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Governor Ashbel P. Willard's Timeline

October 31, 1820
Vernon, Oneida, New York, United States
October 4, 1860
Age 39
St. Paul, Minnesota, United States
- 1842
Hamilton College in