George Ashmun Edit Profile
He graduated from Yale in 1823 and was married to Martha E. Hall in 1828.
He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1833 to 1837, and the Massachusetts Senate from 1838 to 1840. In 1841, he returned to the Massachusetts House where he served as Speaker. He opposed the Mexican-American War, and was a strong supporter of Daniel Webster.
After leaving Congress, Ashmun moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where he spent the rest of his life practicing law in the firm Chapman & Ashmun, founded with Reuben A. Chapman. There he met newspaper publisher Samuel Bowles (journalist), with whom he helped to found the U.S. Republican Party. Immediately, Ashmun joined the Republican Party, and presided over the Republican Party's convention in 1860 that nominated Abraham Lincoln for President.
George Ashmun died in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 16, 1870.
Whig Party, Republican Party.
Member Massachusetts Legislature (4 terms in House of Representatives, 2 terms in Senate), 1833-1841, speaker house, 1841. Member United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, 29th-31st congresses, 1845-1851, voted against army supply bill during Mexican War, 1846.
Married Martha Hall, 1828.