John D. Ashmore

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John Durant Ashmore
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1859 – December 21, 1860
Preceded by James L. Orr
Succeeded by District eliminated
(Robert Smalls after district re-established in 1875)
Comptroller General of South Carolina
In office
1853 – 1857
Governor John Lawrence Manning
James Hopkins Adams
Robert F.W. Allston
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
In office
1848 – 1853
Personal details
Born (1819-08-18)August 18, 1819
Greenville District, South Carolina
Died December 5, 1871(1871-12-05) (aged 52)
Sardis, Mississippi
Resting place Sardis, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Profession planter

John Durant Ashmore (August 18, 1819 – December 5, 1871) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, and a cousin of Robert T. Ashmore.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Greenville District, South Carolina, Ashmore attended the common schools. He studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. He engaged in agricultural pursuits.[1]

Political and business career[edit]

Ashmore served as member of the South Carolina House of Representatives 1848–1853 and as Comptroller General of South Carolina 1853–1857. Ashmore was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1859, until his resignation on December 21, 1860 upon the attempted secession of South Carolina from the United States of America. He served as chairman of the Committee on Mileage (Thirty-sixth Congress).

He engaged in mercantile pursuits in Greenville, South Carolina.

Military career[edit]

During the Civil War, Ashmore was elected colonel of the Fourth South Carolina Regiment, but resigned before the regiment was called into service.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

He died in Sardis, Mississippi, December 5, 1871. He was buried in Black Jack Cemetery, near Sardis, in Panola County, Mississippi.[1]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 18. ISBN 0837932017. 
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James L. Orr
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 5th congressional district

1859-1860
Succeeded by
District eliminated
(Robert Smalls after district re-established in 1875)