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William Shepperd Ashe


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At a Glance

Major William Shepperd Ashe led a long and distinguished career.


He was a member of the U.S. Congress from 1850 to 1855. He served as president of the Wilmington, NC and Weldon, NC Railroad from 1854 to 1862. He also served as a major in the C.S.A.

Biographical Data

Important Dates

William Shepperd Ashe was born in 1814. He died in 1862.



  1. Mary Claire Engstrom. The Book of Burwell Students: Lives of Educated Women in the Antebellum South. (Hillsborough: Hillsborough Historic Commission, 2007).