ASHBROOK, William Albert, (1867 - 1940)


Campaign booklet (detail), 1914, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

ASHBROOK, William Albert, (father of John M. Ashbrook), a Representative from Ohio; born near Johnstown, Licking County, Ohio, July 1, 1867; attended the public schools, and Bartlett’s Business College, Lansing, Mich.; in 1885 engaged in the newspaper publishing business in Johnstown, Ohio; also engaged in banking; served as postmaster of Johnstown from 1893 to 1897, when his successor was appointed; secretary of the National Editorial Association 1902-1906; member of the State house of representatives in 1904 and 1905; elected as a Democrat to the Sixtieth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1907-March 3, 1921); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; resumed the newspaper publishing business and banking in Johnstown, Ohio; elected to the Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fifth, and Seventy-sixth Congresses and served from January 3, 1935, until his death in Johnstown, Ohio, January 1, 1940; interment in Green Hill Cemetery.