Date Original



This collection contains a land patent and a letter concerning Chester Ashley's land. The land patent is for Township 1 South, Range 10 West, which lays in modern day Pulaski and Lonoke counties.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chester Ashley was born June 1, 1791, in Amherst, Massachusetts. After graduating from Williams College and Litchfield Law School, he moved to the frontier, first in Illinois and Missouri. He eventually settled in 1820, in present-day Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1821, he married Mary Watkins Worthington Elliot of St. Genevieve, Missouri. He was one of the first lawyers in Little Rock and represented more appeals before the Arkansas Territorial Superior Court than any other lawyer. He held a prominent role in disputes over the land for the town of Little Rock. His career was tarnished by his involvement in the Bowie fraudulent land claims and as director of the State Bank, which ended in disaster. However, in 1844, he was elected to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat and served two terms before his death on April 29, 1848, in Washington, D.C.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Pulaski County (Ark.); Lonoke County (Ark.)





Resource Type



Chester Ashley land papers, SMC.001.010


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

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


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