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Ashton Dovell

In office
1936 – 1942
Preceded by J. Sinclair Brown
Succeeded by Thomas B. Stanley
In office
1924 – 1942
Succeeded by Paul Whittington Crockett

Born June 8, 1885( 1885 -06-08)
Madison County, Virginia
Died October 28, 1949 (aged 64)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting place Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Martha Lane
Residence Williamsburg, Virginia
Alma mater University of Virginia
Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Profession Lawyer
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Battles/wars World War I

Grover Ashton Dovell (June 8, 1885 – October 28, 1949) was an American politician and lawyer. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1924–42 and was its Speaker 1936–42.[1][2]


Early life

Dovell was born in Madison County, Virginia to Early Beauregard and Lucy Bond Dovell. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a LL.D from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, after which he settled in Williamsburg, Virginia to practice law. He served for a time as city attorney of Williamsburg.[1][2]

On February 28, 1911, Dovell married Martha Lane at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg.[2]

Dovell served in World War I, and afterward was active in the American Legion.[1][2][3]

Political career

Dovell was elected in 1923 to a House of Delegates district that included Williamsburg and four neighboring counties on the Virginia Peninsula. He became Speaker in 1936. His House career ended in early 1942.[1]

He was named a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg, whose reconstruction began during his term.[2]

Dovell was a presidential elector in 1932, and a delegate to the 1940 Democratic National Convention.[4]

Later years

Dovell served as president of the Virginia State Bar 1945–46.[5]

He died in Richmond, Virginia October 28, 1949. He was interred at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Williamsburg.[2]



  • Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.  


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