John Baptista Ashe (representative)

John Baptista Ashe (* 1810 in Rocky Point, Pender County, North Carolina, † December 29, 1857 in Galveston, Texas ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Baptista Ashe was a member of a famous political family. He was the older brother of William Shepperd Ashe (1814-1862), who represented 1849-1855 the State of North Carolina in Congress. He was also a cousin of Thomas Samuel Ashe (1812-1887), who also was a congressman for North Carolina from 1873 to 1877. His uncle John (1748-1802) was a delegate to the Continental Congress and also sat for North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ashe attended the Fayetteville Academy and then to 1830 Trinity College in Hartford (Connecticut). After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1832 admitted to the bar he began in Brownsville to work in his new profession. Politically, Ashe member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1842 he was in the tenth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat Aaron V. Brown on March 4, 1843. Until March 3, 1845, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was determined by the discussions about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives John Ashe moved to Galveston, Texas, where he practiced law. There he is on December 29, 1857 and passed away.