William Augustus Ayres

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William Augustus Ayres
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – August 22, 1934
Preceded byJames G. Strong
Succeeded byJohn Mills Houston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 4, 1933
Preceded byRichard Ely Bird
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 4, 1921
Preceded byVictor Murdock
Succeeded byRichard Ely Bird
Personal details
Born(1867-04-19)April 19, 1867
Elizabethtown, Illinois
DiedFebruary 17, 1952(1952-02-17) (aged 84)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyDemocratic

William Augustus Ayres (April 19, 1867 – February 17, 1952) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas and a Federal Trade Commissioner.

Early life and career[edit]

William A. Ayres was born in Elizabethtown, Illinois. He moved with his parents to Sedgwick County, Kansas, in 1881. He attended the common schools and Garfield University in Wichita, Kansas. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Wichita, Kansas. He was clerk of the Court of Appeals of Kansas from 1897 to 1901, and prosecuting attorney of Sedgwick County, Kansas, from 1906 to 1910.

Political career[edit]

Ayres was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress. He was elected to the Sixty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served until his resignation effective August 22, 1934, having been appointed a member of the Federal Trade Commission on June 30, 1934, in which capacity he served until his death in Washington, D.C., in 1952. He is buried in the Old Mission Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas.

References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "William Augustus Ayres (id: A000354)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • The Political Graveyard
  • William Augustus Ayres at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 8th congressional district

1915 - 1921
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 8th congressional district

1923 - 1933
District eliminated
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 5th congressional district

1933 - 1934
Succeeded by