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James Mitchell Ashley photograph
Description: James Ashley was a prominent politician, newspaper editor, and businessman during the nineteenth century. He was born on November 24, 1822, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1851, Ashley settled in Toledo, Ohio, where he became active in local politics and helped organize the Republican Party in the community. In 1858, he served as the chairman of the Ohio Republican Convention. That same year, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Ashley served in the United States Congress from 1859 to 1869, during which time he introduced the first constitutional amendment to abolish slavery and initiated impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson. After leaving Congress, Ashley served as the territorial governor of Montana, and the president of the Toledo, Ann Arbor & Northern Railroad. James Ashley died in Alma, Michigan, on September 16, 1896. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: AL04208
Subjects: Politicians; United States. Congress. House; Newspaper editors; Ohio History--State and Local Government
Places: Toledo (Ohio); Lucas County (Ohio)