Asa Hodges

Asa Hodges
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1873  March 3, 1875
Preceded by James M. Hanks
Succeeded by Lucien C. Gause
Arkansas State Senator from Crittenden County
In office
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1822-01-22)January 22, 1822
Moulton, Lawrence County
Alabama, USA
Died June 6, 1900(1900-06-06) (aged 78)
Marion, Crittenden County
Resting place Elmwood Cemetery in Shelby County, Tennessee
Political party Republican
Residence Marion, Arkansas
Alma mater Hannibal-LaGrange University
Profession planter, Attorney

Asa Hodges (January 22, 1822 – June 6, 1900) was a one-term U.S. representative from Arkansas's 1st congressional district who served from 1873 to 1875.

Born near Moulton in Lawrence County in northern Alabama, Hodges moved to Marion in Crittenden County in northeastern Arkansas. He attended La Grange Male and Female College in LaGrange, Missouri, now part of Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Missouri. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1848, and practiced until 1860. Prior to the American Civil War, Hodges owned a large number of slaves near Memphis, Tennessee.

He served as delegate to the Arkansas constitutional convention in 1867. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1868 and the Arkansas Senate from 1870 to 1873.

Hodges was elected as a Republican to the 43rd United States Congress (March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875) to Arkansas' First District. He did not seek reelection in 1874 to the Forty-fourth Congress and was succeeded by the Democrat Lucien C. Gause. He engaged in agricultural pursuits.


On April 17, 1858 he was married to Caroline Sarah Turpin Chick who was the widow of Asa's relative John W. Hodges. He died near Marion, Arkansas, and is interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Shelby County, in Memphis, Tennessee next to his wife Caroline.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James M. Hanks
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Lucien C. Gause
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