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Lud Ashley
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Frazier Reams
Succeeded by Ed Weber
Personal details
Born (1923-01-11)January 11, 1923
Toledo, Ohio
Died June 15, 2010(2010-06-15) (aged 87)
Leland, Michigan
Resting place Woodlawn Cemetery (Toledo, Ohio)
Political party Democratic
Children three
Alma mater Yale University
University of Toledo
Ohio State University College of Law
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War II
Pacific Theater of Operations

Thomas William Ludlow Ashley (January 11, 1923 – June 15, 2010), usually known as Lud Ashley, was an American politician of the Democratic party. He served as a U.S. representative from Ohio from 1955 to 1981.[1]


Ashley is listed second from the top on the Skull and Bones entry in the 1948 Yale Banner.

He was the great-grandson of James Mitchell Ashley, who was also a congressman from Ohio. While at Yale University, he was a member of the secret society Skull and Bones along with future U.S. President George H. W. Bush.[2]

Ashley was born in Toledo, Ohio where he attended Maumee Valley Country Day School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Following the war, Ashley graduated in 1948 from Yale University. He then worked with the Toledo Publicity and Efficiency Commission while studying law during night classes at the University of Toledo Law School. He then graduated from Ohio State University Law School at Columbus in 1951. He was admitted to the bar the same year and began practicing law.

Ashley joined the staff of Radio Free Europe (RFE) in 1952. He served in Europe for RFE and was the co-director of the press section and later was the assistant director of special projects. He resigned from RFE on March 1, 1954 in order to wage a successful bid for Congress.

He served thirteen terms in Congress and served as the Chairman of the Select Committee on Energy (Ad Hoc) from 1977 until 1979 and then as Chairman of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries from 1979 until 1981.

In the 1980 general election, Ashley lost in an upset to Republican challenger Ed Weber. He lived in Leland, Michigan until his death. He had a daughter, Lise Ashley Murphy and two sons, William Meredith and Mark Michael.


  2. Robbins, Alexandra (2002). Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-72091-7. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frazier Reams
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ed Weber
Political offices
Preceded by
John M. Murphy
New York
Chairman of House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee
Succeeded by
Walter B. Jones, Sr.
North Carolina

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