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Ashley-Cockrill Family Materials

Identifier: MC 1666

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes material collected by Chester Ashley and Sterling R. Cockrill.


  • Creation: 1845-1918


Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Chester Ashley was born on June 1, 1791, in Amherst, Massachusetts, to William Ashley and Nancy Pomeroy. Ashley attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. He graduated from Williams in 1813. After Williams, he attended Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut as a member of the class of 1814. He moved to Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas in 1820 where he married Mary Watkins Worthington Elliott in 1821. He was one of the first lawyers to settle in Little Rock. He became one of the wealthiest men in Arkansas because of his ownership of much of the land to become Little Rock. Ashley was elected to the United States Senate in 1844 and reelected in 1846. Ashley died on April 29, 1848, while still in office.

Sterling R. Cockrill was born in Nashville, Tennessee on September 26, 1847. He attended public schools In Nashville and the Georgia Military Institute at Marietta, Georgia. He volunteered for the confederacy at the age of sixteen. He graduated from Washington College in Lexington, Virginia from the law department of Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. He began law office in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas in 1870. He married Ashley Freeman, granddaughter of Chester Ashley, in 1872. He was elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas in 1884 and served till 1893. He died on January 12, 1901.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged topically.

Acquisition Information

The Ashley-Cockrill Family Materials were donated to the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on June 15, 2006 by Mitch Cockrill.

Processing Information

Processed by Jonathan Browning; completed in April 2011.


Ashley-Cockrill Family Materials
Jonathan Browning
April 2011
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Finding Aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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