William Henry Ashley

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William Henry Ashley

Birth
Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
Death 26 Mar 1838 (aged 59–60)
Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, USA
Burial Lamine Township, Cooper County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 12850521 · View Source
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US Congressman. In 1802, he migrated to Missouri as a fur trader merchant, miner and a surveyor. During the War of 1812, he was a Lieutenant Colonel and promoted Brigadier General of militia in 1821. He moved to St. Louis in 1819, was elected lieutenant governor of Missouri in 1820 and formed the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Company. He was the first to manage organized beaver trapping by white settlers, where previous fur traders purchased pelts from Indians. In 1826, he sold his trapping business, to pursue politics, was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-second Congress, reelected to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses serving from October 31, 1831, to March 3, 1837. He died of pneumonia and was buried near his home in an Indian mound overlooking the Missouri River, on the Lamine River, in Cooper County, Missouri.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 2 Jan 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12850521
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Ashley (1778–26 Mar 1838), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12850521, citing Indian Burial Mound, Lamine Township, Cooper County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .