Eli P. Ashmun

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Eli Porter Ashmun
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
June 12, 1816 – May 10, 1818
Preceded by Christopher Gore
Succeeded by Prentiss Mellen
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1770-06-24)June 24, 1770
Albany, New York
Died May 10, 1819(1819-05-10) (aged 48)
Northampton, Massachusetts
Resting place Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s) Lucy Hooker[1]
Children George Ashmun,
Lewis Ashmun,
John Hooker Ashmun b. July 3, 1800, d. April 1, 1833.[2]
Alma mater Middlebury College

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

Born in a small village north of Albany, New York on the Hudson River, he attended the local school and attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1807. He studied law, was admitted to the state bar and began his practice in Blandford, soon moving to Northampton, and was in the Massachusetts Senate from 1808 to 1810. In 1816, he served with the Massachusetts Governor's Council. Following the resignation of Senator Christopher Gore, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from June 12, 1816, to May 10, 1818. He died in 1819 and is interred in Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.

Ashmun had one wife, Lucy, who died in 1812 at the age of 37. He was the father of George Ashmun (1804–1870), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives.



  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. 
United States Senate
Preceded by
Christopher Gore
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Massachusetts
Served alongside: Joseph B. Varnum, Harrison Gray Otis
Succeeded by
Prentiss Mellen