Joel Funk Asper
Joel Funk Asper
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Missouri's 7th district
March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
|Preceded by||Benjamin F. Loan|
|Succeeded by||Isaac Parker|
|Born||April 20, 1822|
Adams County, Pennsylvania
|Died||October 1, 1872 (aged 50)|
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.
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.
Civil War serviceEdit
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.
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.
He founded the Spectator in 1866.
He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1868.
Death and legacyEdit
- United States Congress. "Joel Funk Asper (id: A000320)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Joel Funk Asper at Find a Grave
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Benjamin F. Loan
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 7th congressional district