|46th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates|
|Preceded by||J. Sinclair Brown|
|Succeeded by||Thomas B. Stanley|
|Succeeded by||Paul Whittington Crockett|
June 8, 1885|
Madison County, Virginia
|Died||October 28, 1949
|Resting place||Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, Virginia|
|Alma mater||University of Virginia
Marshall-Wythe School of Law
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Early life 
Dovell was born in Madison County, Virginia to Early Beauregard and Lucy Bond Dovell. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a LL.D from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, after which he settled in Williamsburg, Virginia to practice law. He served for a time as city attorney of Williamsburg.
Dovell was the first president of the Rotary Club of Williamsburg, Virginia, chartered on 18 October 1924.
Political career 
Dovell was elected in 1923 to a House of Delegates district that included Williamsburg and four neighboring counties on the Virginia Peninsula. He became Speaker in 1936. His House career ended in early 1942.
Later years 
- "Virginia House of Delegates; Session 1940; Dovell, Ashton". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- Jamerson, p. 133
- "Peninsula Post No. 39; Williamsburg, Virginia; American Legion, 1924". Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Dovell, Ashton". The Political Graveyard. Archived from the original on 31 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- "Past Presidents of Virginia State Bar". Virginia State Bar. Archived from the original on 15 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-29.
- Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.