John D. Ashmore

John Durant Ashmore ( born August 18, 1819 Greenville County, South Carolina, † December 5, 1871 in Sardis, Mississippi ) was an American politician. Between 1859 and 1860 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Ashmore was a cousin of Robert T. Ashmore (1904-1989), who was also of 1953-1969 the State of South Carolina in Congress. He attended the common schools and then studied law. Although he was admitted to the bar, but he never pursued that profession. Instead, he worked in agriculture.

Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1848 and 1853 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from South Carolina. After that, he was from 1853 to 1857 Head of the Audit Office ( Comptroller General ) in South Carolina. In 1858 he was in the fifth constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Lawrence Orr on March 4, 1859. His time in Congress was overshadowed by the discussions leading to the Civil War. Ashmore was chairman of the Committee on Mileage. After the state of South Carolina had declared its withdrawal from the Union, John Ashmore laid down his mandate on 21 December 1860. The seat remained vacant until 1873, before he was then occupied by Republican Richard H. Cain again.

At the beginning of the civil war now following John Ashmore was Colonel of a regiment of South Carolina. However, he gave the military service even before the first use again. In the following years he worked in Greenville commercially. John Ashmore died on December 5, 1871 in Mississippi.