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ASPER, Joel F., journalist, born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, 20 April 1822; died in Chillicothe, Mo., 1 October 1872. He was admitted to the bar in 1844, elected a justice of the peace in 1846, and prosecuting attorney for the county in 1847. In 1849 he edited the "Western Reserve Chronicle," and in 1850 became editor of the "Chardon Democrat." In 1861 he raised a company and was commissioned a captain. He was wounded in the battle of Winchester, and, after being promoted Lieutenant-Colonel in 1862, was mustered out in 1863 on account of wounds. In 1864 he removed to Missouri and founded the Chillicothe "Spectator." He was elected to congress in 1868, and served on the committee on military affairs.
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