Ashley, James Mitchell, 1824-1896

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Dates:
Birth 1824-11-14
Death 1896-09-16

Biographical notes:

James M. Ashley was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 24, 1824, the son of John C. and Mary (Kirkpatrick) Ashley. When James was 2 the family moved to Portsmouth, Ohio, where his father was a circuit preacher. At age 16 James left home to work on an Ohio River steamboat. In 1849 he was admitted to the Ohio bar. He was an ardent abolitionist and served as a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Convention and was elected to Congress in 1858. In 1869 he was appointed Governor of Montana Territory but was removed, after serving less than a year, due to his outspoken criticisms of President Ulysses S. Grant. He died in 1896.

From the description of James M. Ashley papers, 1866-1869. (Montana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 646066015

Radical Republican Congressman and railroad executive of Toledo, Ohio.

From the description of Papers, 1884-1920. (University of Toledo). WorldCat record id: 13547436

Territorial governor of Montana.

James M. Ashley was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on 24 Nov. 1824, the son of John C. and Mary (Kirkpatrick) Ashley. When James Ashley was two the family moved to Portsmouth, Ohio, where his father was a circuit preacher. At age sixteen Ashley left home to work on an Ohio River steamboat. In 1849 he was admitted to the Ohio bar. He was an ardent abolitionist and served as a delegate to the 1856 Republican National Convention and was elected to Congress in 1858. In 1869 he was appointed governor of Montana Territory but was removed, after serving less than a year, due to his outspoken criticisms of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant. He died in 1896.

From the description of James M. Ashley papers, 1866-1869. (Montana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 70961004

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Subjects:

  • Elections
  • Municipal government

Occupations:

  • Legislators--United States
  • Governors--Montana

Places:

  • Ohio (as recorded)
  • Charlevoix (Mich.) (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Montana (as recorded)
  • Montana (as recorded)