Joel Funk Asper

Joel Funk Asper ( born April 20, 1822 Adams County, Pennsylvania, † October 1, 1872 in Chillicothe, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1869 and 1871 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1827, Joel Asper moved with his parents in the Trumbull County, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. After a subsequent law degree in 1844 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Warren to work in this profession. He also worked as a Justice of the Peace in 1846. In 1847 he was prosecutor in Geauga County. Politically Asper was a member of the short-lived Free Soil Party, whose national party he attended in 1848 as a delegate. As a result, he also worked in the newspaper industry. In 1849 he published the newspaper " Western Reserve Chronicle ". A year later he moved to Iowa, where he moved the " Chardon Democrat ".

During the Civil War, he put together her own company in the army of the Union, which he commanded as a captain. In the army he rose to lieutenant colonel in 1863. Due to an injury he had this year acknowledge the active service. In 1864 he was again for a few months Colonel a volunteer unit from Ohio. He was among the troops guarding the POW camp Johnson's Iceland.

After the final end of his military service Asper moved to Chillicothe in Missouri, where he practiced law. In 1866 he founded the newspaper " Spectator". Politically, he had become a member of the Republican Party. In 1868 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago, was nominated to the General Ulysses S. Grant as a presidential candidate. In the congressional elections of the same year Asper was in the seventh election district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Benjamin F. Loan on March 4, 1869. Since he resigned in 1870 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1871. At this time the 15th Amendment was ratified.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Joel Asper worked as a lawyer again. He died on October 1, 1872 in Chillicothe, where he was also buried.