April 21, 2007
Chester Ashley moved to Little Rock (Pulaski County) shortly before the territorial capital was moved there in 1821. He was one of the first lawyers to reside in the town and quickly became a leading attorney of the territorial and early statehood days. At one time, he was rumored to be the richest man in the state. In 1844, he became the third Arkansan elected to the U.S. Senate, an office he held until his death in 1848. He is buried in Little Rock’s Mount Holly Cemetery.