Green painted wooden trunk measuring 37” by 18” by 17 ½” with hinged, locking lid. The interior of the trunk is lined with multiple political broadsides for the Democratic campaign of Michael. W. Ash. Michael Woolston Ash (March 5, 1789 – December 14, 1858) was an American politician who served as a Jacksonian member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 3rd congressional district from 1835 to 1837. Ash was born in Philadelphia. His father was a Revolutionary War Army officer and Sheriff of Philadelphia who had twenty-four children between three wives. He studied law, was admitted to the bar on June 21, 1811, and commenced practice in Philadelphia. He served as a first lieutenant and regimental adjutant in the First Pennsylvania Militia Volunteers (called “Biddle’s Rifles” after its commander, Colonel Clement A. Biddle) during the War of 1812. At the close of the war, he went into partnership with James Buchanan, who became the 15th President of the United States, and continued the practice of his profession in Philadelphia. Ash was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress. After serving a single term from 1835 to 1837, he was defeated for re-election by Democrat Francis J. Harper. After his Congressional term he served four years as a United States Naval agent. He practiced law until his death in Philadelphia in 1858. He was interred at the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and re-interred at Laurel Hill Cemetery.
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Inventory Number: PER 384