George Ashmun

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George Ashmun
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1851
Preceded byOsmyn Baker
Succeeded byGeorge T. Davis
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byRobert Charles Winthrop
Succeeded byThomas Kinnicut
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornDecember 25, 1804
Blandford, Massachusetts
DiedJuly 16, 1870 (aged 66)
Springfield, Massachusetts
Political partyWhig, Republican

George Ashmun (December 25, 1804 – July 16, 1870) was a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Ashmun was born in Blandford, Massachusetts to Eli P. Ashmun and Lucy Hooker. 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.

Ashmun was elected to the U.S. Congress from the Sixth District of Massachusetts in 1844, held office from 1845 to 1851 and was a member of the committees on the judiciary, Indian affairs, and rules. He opposed the Mexican–American War, and was a strong supporter of Daniel Webster.

And the birth of the Republican Party[edit]

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. He was buried in Springfield Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "George Ashmun (id: A000318)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Osmyn Baker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1851
Succeeded by
George T. Davis
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Charles Winthrop
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Thomas Kinnicut