Eli P. Ashmun

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Eli Porter Ashmun
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
June 12, 1816 – May 10, 1818
Preceded byChristopher Gore
Succeeded byPrentiss Mellen
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1770-06-24)June 24, 1770
Fort Edward, New York area
DiedMay 10, 1819(1819-05-10) (aged 48)
Northampton, Massachusetts
Resting placeBridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts
Political partyFederalist
Spouse(s)Lucy Hooker[1]
ChildrenGeorge Ashmun,
Lewis Ashmun,
John Hooker Ashmun b. July 3, 1800, d. April 1, 1833.[2]
Alma materMiddlebury College

Eli Porter Ashmun (June 24, 1770 – May 10, 1819) was a Federalist United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1816 to 1818.

Early years[edit]

Eli Porter Ashmun was the eldest child of Justus and Kezia Ashmun. He was born in the vicinity of Fort Edward, New York, from whence the family fled in 1777 during the advance of British troops of John Burgoyne in the Saratoga campaign of the American Revolutionary War. They settled in Blandford, Massachusetts, where Ashmun's father operated the tavern. Ashmun's education was quite rudimentary, but he was taken under wing by Theodore Sedgwick, who gave him legal training. He was eventually admitted to the bar, and opened the first legal practice in Blandford. He married Lucy Hooker, daughter of John Hooker of Northampton, with whom he had five children.

In 1807, Ashmun was awarded an honorary degree by Middlebury College, and moved to Northampton where he continued his law practice.

Political career[edit]

In 1807, Ashmun won election to the Massachusetts Senate, serving from 1808 to 1810. In 1816, he served with the Massachusetts Governor's Council. Following the resignation of United States Senator Christopher Gore, he was elected by the state legislature to replace him, serving from June 12, 1816, to May 10, 1818. He died in 1819, possibly of heart disease, and is interred in Northampton's Bridge Street Cemetery.

Ashmun was the father of George Ashmun (1804–1870), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and of John Hooker Ashmun. The latter served as a partner in his father's law practice, and operated the Northampton Law School for several years. He then became a prominent legal instructor at Harvard Law School.


  • United States Congress. "Eli P. Ashmun (id: A000317)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Eli P. Ashmun at Find a Grave
  • Political Graveyard
  • Northampton Cemetery Inscriptions


  1. ^ Clark, Solomon (1882), Antiquities, Historicals and Graduates of Northampton, Northampton, MA.: Solomon Clark, p. 277.
  2. ^ Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume I, Boston, MA.: The Boston History Company, p. 321.
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Christopher Gore
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Massachusetts
Served alongside: Joseph B. Varnum, Harrison Gray Otis
Succeeded by
Prentiss Mellen