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Joel Funk Asper (April 20, 1822 – October 1, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.

Joel Funk Asper
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
Preceded byBenjamin F. Loan
Succeeded byIsaac Parker
Personal details
Born(1822-04-20)April 20, 1822
Adams County, Pennsylvania
DiedOctober 1, 1872(1872-10-01) (aged 50)
Chillicothe, Missouri
Political partyRepublican

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, Asper moved to Ohio with his parents, who settled in Trumbull County in 1827. He attended the public schools and the local college in Warren, Ohio. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Warren, Ohio.[1]

Early careerEdit

He served as a Justice of the Peace in 1846. He served as prosecuting attorney of Geauga County in 1847. Asper served as a delegate to the Buffalo Free-Soil Convention in 1848. He was editor of the Western Reserve Chronicle in 1849. He moved to Iowa in 1850 and published the Chardon Democrat.[1]

Civil War serviceEdit

Asper raised a company for the Civil War in 1861 and served as its captain. He was wounded in the Battle of Winchester.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1862. He mustered out of the service in 1863, because of wounds received in action.[1]

He became the Colonel of the 171st Ohio (a One Hundred Day Regiment) in May 1864 to August 1864. He served at the Prisoner of War Camp at Johnson's Island, Ohio. He was forced to surrender to John Hunt Morgan seven of the regiment's companies at Keller's Bridge, Kentucky on June 12, 1864. The units were illegally paroled. Asper and the regiment returned to Johnson's Island. He mustered out at end of term of service.

Other pursuitsEdit

He moved to Chillicothe, Missouri, in 1864 and resumed the practice of law.[1]

He founded the Spectator in 1866.[1]

He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868.[1]


Asper was elected as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress (March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871).[1] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1870.

Death and legacyEdit

Asper practiced law until his death. He died in Chillicothe, Missouri on October 1, 1872. He was interred in Edgewood Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 18. ISBN 0837932017.