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John Baptista ASHE

(1748-1802)

ASHE, John Baptista, (uncle of John Baptista Ashe [1810-1857], Thomas Samuel Ashe, and William Shepperd Ashe), a Delegate and a Representative from North Carolina; born in Rocky Point, N.C., in 1748; was privately tutored at home; engaged in agricultural pursuits; served throughout the Revolutionary War and attained the rank of colonel in command of North Carolina troops at Valley Forge and at the Battle of Eutaw, S.C.; member of the State house of commons 1784-1786, serving as speaker of the house in 1786; Member of the Continental Congress in 1787 and served until November 1, 1787, when he resigned; served as chairman of the committee of the whole in the State convention of 1789 that ratified the Constitution of the United States; member of the State senate in 1789; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the First and Second Congresses and served from March 24, 1790, until March 3, 1793; resumed agricultural pursuits; again served in the State senate in 1795; elected Governor of North Carolina in 1802, but died in Halifax, N.C., November 27, 1802, before being inaugurated; interment in the Churchyard Cemetery, Halifax, N.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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