Eli Porter Ashmun
|United States Senator|
June 12, 1816 – May 10, 1818
|Preceded by||Christopher Gore|
|Succeeded by||Prentiss Mellen|
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate|
|Born||June 24, 1770|
Fort Edward, New York area
|Died||May 10, 1819 (aged 48)|
|Resting place||Bridge Street Cemetery, Northampton, Massachusetts|
John Hooker Ashmun b. July 3, 1800, d. April 1, 1833.
|Alma mater||Middlebury College|
Eli Porter Ashmun was the eldest child of Justus and Kezia Ashmun. He was born in the vicinity of Fort Edward, New York, from whence the family fled in 1777 during the advance of British troops of John Burgoyne in the Saratoga campaign of the American Revolutionary War. They settled in Blandford, Massachusetts, where Ashmun's father operated the tavern. Ashmun's education was quite rudimentary, but he was taken under wing by Theodore Sedgwick, who gave him legal training. He was eventually admitted to the bar, and opened the first legal practice in Blandford. He married Lucy Hooker, daughter of John Hooker of Northampton, with whom he had five children.
In 1807, Ashmun was awarded an honorary degree by Middlebury College, and moved to Northampton where he continued his law practice.
In 1807, Ashmun won election to the Massachusetts Senate, serving from 1808 to 1810. In 1816, he served with the Massachusetts Governor's Council. Following the resignation of United States Senator Christopher Gore, he was elected by the state legislature to replace him, serving from June 12, 1816, to May 10, 1818. He died in 1819, possibly of heart disease, and is interred in Northampton's Bridge Street Cemetery.
Ashmun was the father of George Ashmun (1804–1870), who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, and of John Hooker Ashmun. The latter served as a partner in his father's law practice, and operated the Northampton Law School for several years. He then became a prominent legal instructor at Harvard Law School.
- United States Congress. "Eli P. Ashmun (id: A000317)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Eli P. Ashmun at Find a Grave
- Political Graveyard
- Northampton Cemetery Inscriptions
- Clark, Solomon (1882), Antiquities, Historicals and Graduates of Northampton, Northampton, MA.: Solomon Clark, p. 277.
- Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume I, Boston, MA.: The Boston History Company, p. 321.
| U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Massachusetts
Served alongside: Joseph B. Varnum, Harrison Gray Otis