Chester Ashley Edit Profile
He was a graduate, with honors, of Williams College. Following this, he attended the Litchfield Law School.
Ashley moved west upon completion of his education, going first to Illinois, and thence to Missouri. Together, Ashley and Crittenden founded Rose Law Firm. For some twenty years Ashley's practice was the largest in the state, and he became a wealthy man.
This led him to try his hand at politics. In 1844 he canvassed the state campaigning for James K. Polk for president. The Democrats were victorious, and Ashley was elected by the state legislature to fill a vacancy in the Senate.
Soon after entering, he was made the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1846, he was reelected to the Senate. Two years later, he became suddenly ill in the Senate Chamber and died not long after.
Chester Ashley is the namesake of Ashley County, Arkansas. One of Ashley's descendants is Sterling R. Cockrill, the Democratic Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1968 to 1969 and the unsuccessful Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 1970.
Member United States Senate (Democrat, fiilled vacancy) from Ark.