Asbury Francis Lever

Asbury Francis Lever (* January 5, 1875 at Spring Hill, Lexington County, South Carolina, † April 28, 1940 in Charleston, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1901 and 1919 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Asbury Lever attended the public schools of his home and thereafter until 1895, the Newberry College. He then worked for two years as a teacher. Between 1897 and 1901 Lever served as secretary of Congressman J. William Stokes. During this time he studied at Georgetown University law. 1899 Lever was admitted to the bar; He did not practice this profession but. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1896 and 1900 he took part in the regional party conferences in South Carolina as a delegate. In 1901, he was also a member of the House of Representatives of South Carolina.

After the death of William Stokes Lever was in the seventh constituency of South Carolina as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he came into effect on November 5, 1901 at its new mandate. After he was confirmed in each case at the following regular elections, he could remain until his resignation on August 1, 1919 at the Congress. In this time of the First World War fell. Lever was between 1911 and 1913 Chairman of the Education Committee. In addition, he led from 1913 to 1919 the chair of the Agriculture Committee. In 1913, the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted.

Levers resignation was due to his appointment to the Federal Farm Loan Board, an authority which dealt with loans for farmers. Until his death, he worked for that authority in different areas. He was also curator of some schools in South Carolina. In 1922, he became president of the First Carolinas Joint Stock Bank. Asbury Lever died on April 28, 1940 at his estate "Seven Oaks " near Charleston.