Thomas W. L. Ashley

Thomas William Ludlow Ashley ( born January 11, 1923 in Toledo, Ohio, † June 15, 2010 in Leland, Michigan ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. Ashley was from 1955 to 1981 Member of the House of Representatives and represented the 9th district of Ohio there.


Ashley is the great grandson of James Mitchell Ashley, who was also a congressman from Ohio. He studied at Yale University, where he was with the future President George HW Bush, a member of the Skull & Bones fraternity. He pursued his education interrupted by his service in World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific. After he finished his studies in 1948 at Yale. He began to work at the same time to study law in a night school. In 1951 he also completed this study at the Ohio State University and has been approved in the same year by the Bar Association.

In 1952 Ashley began at Radio Free Europe to work. For the station he worked until March 1, 1954, when he decided to step back to the House of Representatives of the United States to compete in the election. He worked in 13 election periods and was also chairman of various committees. In the 1980 election, he lost to Republican candidates, Ed Weber, and retired from Parliament.