William A. Ashbrook

William Albert Ashbrook (* July 1, 1867 in Johnstown, Licking County, Ohio; † January 1, 1940 ) was an American politician. Between 1907 and 1921, and again from 1935 to 1940, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Ashbrook attended the public schools of his home and then the Bartlett's Business College in Lansing (Michigan). Since 1885 he worked in his home town of Johnstown in the newspaper business as well as in the banking industry. Between 1893 and 1897 he held the office of the local postmaster. Between 1902 and 1906 he was secretary of the National Editorial Association. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1904 and 1905 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1906 Ashbrook was in the 17th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Martin L. Smyser on March 4, 1907. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1921 seven legislative sessions. In 1913 were the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. It was about the nationwide introduction of the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators. During his time in Congress and the First World War fell. Also, were ratified in 1919 and 1920, the 18th and the 19th Amendment. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages or to the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage. From 1911 to 1913 Ashbrook was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Ministry of Post; 1915 to 1919 he headed the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures. In 1920 he was not re-elected.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, William Ashbrook operated again in the newspaper business and the banking industry. In the 1934 elections, he was re-elected in the 17th district of his state in Congress, where he replaced Charles F. West on 3 January 1935. After two re- elections he could remain until his death on January 1, 1940, U.S. House of Representatives. During this time, many of the New Deal legislation of the Roosevelt administration there have been adopted. 1935, the provisions of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution were first applied, after which the term of the Congress ends, or begins on January 3.

William Ashbrook was buried in his hometown of Johnstown. His son John (1928-1982) was also a congressman, but belonged to the Republicans.