ASHE, SAMUEL SWANN
ASHE, SAMUEL SWANN (1839–1919). Samuel Swann Ashe, Confederate Army officer and civil servant, was born in Brownsville, Tennessee, on June 14, 1839, the son of John B. and Eliza (Hay) Ashe. The elder Ashe was a member of the United States House of Representatives. Samuel Ashe's grandfather, Samuel Ashe, had been a governor of North Carolina and was the man after whom the city of Asheville was named. Samuel S. Ashe moved to Galveston with his family in 1848 but returned to North Carolina to receive his education at what is now the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Upon graduation he went to work on a ranch in Harris County, Texas. With the outbreak of the Civil War Ashe enlisted as a private in Company B of the famed Eighth Texas Cavalryqv-popularly known as Terry's Texas Rangers. When Col. Benjamin Franklin Terry was killed at the battle of Woodsonville, Kentucky, Ashe helped to remove his body from the field. In 1862 he took part in the battles of Shiloh, where his brother William was killed, and Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He was wounded in action in 1863, but after recovery was promoted to lieutenant and transferred to White's Battery of horse artillery. In that capacity he participated in the battles of Chickamauga and Atlanta and in the campaign in the Carolinas. During the Atlanta campaign he was promoted to captain. After the war he moved to Lynchburg and entered the mercantile business in partnership with John B. Snydor. On May 23, 1866, he married Sallie Anderson of Lebanon, Tennessee. They had a son and a daughter. In 1870 Ashe was elected justice of the peace in Harris County; he served until 1873. He was elected sheriff of Harris County on December 17, 1873, and served for four years. He was elected tax collector in 1880 and served until 1883. From 1893 until 1897 he was clerk of the district criminal court. He died on April 29, 1919.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas W. Cutrer, "Ashe, Samuel Swann," accessed May 05, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fas04.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles