USS Ashland (LSD 48) is named for the home of Henry Clay, which is located in Lexington, Ky. It was designed by Benjamin H. Latrobe who rebuilt our Nation’s Capitol at Washington D.C. after it was burnt during the War of 1812. The name Ashland and Henry Clay are synonymous with determination. Ashland is a Federal-Italianate style home that has significant historical significance as a 19th century mansion. Henry Clay was a prominent lawyer and politician from Kentucky in the 1800’s and a major influence on Abraham Lincoln. Henry Clay held a prominent role in the War of 1812 and was instrumental in the development of the pre-Civil War United States.