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William Shepperd Ashe
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by James Iver McKay
Succeeded by Francis Burton Craige
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 3rd district
In office
Personal details
Born (1813-08-12)August 12, 1813
Rocky Point, North Carolina
Died September 14, 1862(1862-09-14) (aged 49)
Wilmington, North Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sarah Ann Green
Alma mater Trinity College
Occupation Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Years of service 1861-1862
Rank Confederate States of America Colonel.png Colonel
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Shepperd Ashe (August 12, 1813 – September 14, 1862) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from North Carolina between 1849 and 1855.


Born in Rocky Point, North Carolina in 1813, Ashe attended school in Fayetteville and pursued classical studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Ashe engaged in rice cultivation and studied law; he was admitted to the state bar in 1836 and practiced in New Hanover County.

Active in the Democratic Party, Ashe was a presidential elector in 1844 and was elected to the North Carolina Senate for a term of two years (1846–1848). In 1848, he was sent to the U.S. House, serving in the 31st, 32nd, and 33rd Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1855). During the 32nd Congress, Ashe chaired the Committee on Elections. He did not run again in 1854, but served as the president of the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad Company from 1854 until his death.

He was elected to one further term in the North Carolina Senate between 1859 and 1861. He was a delegate to the Charleston Democratic National Convention in 1860 and the North Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1861.

During the American Civil War, Ashe was a major in the Confederate Army, in charge of all transportation between Virginia and the rest of the South. Ashe was killed in a railroad accident near Wilmington, North Carolina on September 14, 1862. He is buried in a family cemetery in Pender County, North Carolina.

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