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This collection consists of the papers and correspondence of Chester Ashley, United States Senator from Arkansas, 1844-1848. The Ashley papers' correspondence includes letters from and/or concerning: William W. Adams, Solon Borland, R.C. Byrd, Elias N. Conway, Edward Cross, T. Curran, R.E.C. Dougherty, J.H. Egner, J. Gould, J. Gray, T.B. Hanley, [J.M. Hoge], Dr. A.S. Huey, Thomas Johnson, William H. Lindsey, William E. Moore, Thomas W. Newton, General William Pelham, Will Phillips, Grandison D. Royston, Sam C. Roane, Daniel Ringo, General Henry M. Rector, W.K. Sebastian, A.H. Sevier, Creed Taylor, John C.P. Tollison, George Watkins, D.T. Witter, William E. Woodruff, Archibald Yell, and many others.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chester Ashley was a United States Senator from Arkansas from 1844-1848. Ashley was born at Amherst, Massachusetts, on June 1, 1791. About three years later he moved to Hudson, New York, where he grew up. In 1813 he graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts. Later, he graduated from Litchfield Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1817. Chester Ashley commenced the practice of law in Hudson, New York. After moves to Edwardsville, Illinois, in 1818, and St. Louis, Missouri, 1819, he settled in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1820. In July of 1821, Chester Ashley married Mary W.W. Elliott in St. Genevieve, Missouri. In 1844, he was elected to the United States Senate where he became chairman of the Committee on Judiciary. He was re-elected to the Senate in 1846. Senator Ashley died at Washington, District of Columbia, on April 29, 1848, at the age of 57.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Little Rock. Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Chester Ashley papers, MS.000016


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Chester Ashley papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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