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ASHLEY, Chester, senator, born in Westfield, Massachusetts, 1 June 1790; died in Washington, District of Columbia, 27 April 1848. At an early age he was removed to New York and settled in Hudson, where he received a liberal education, studied law, and was admitted to its practice. In 1817 he went to Illinois, and after two years he settled in Little Rock, then a mere landing, in the territory of Arkansas. On the death of William S. Fullerton he was elected to fill the vacancy in the United States senate, and took his seat 4 December 1844. He was reelected in 1846.
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