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William Hanes Ayres

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William Hanes Ayres
William Hanes Ayres 84th Congress 1955.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byWalter B. Huber
Succeeded byJohn F. Seiberling
Personal details
Born(1916-02-05)February 5, 1916
Eagle Rock, Virginia
DiedDecember 27, 2000(2000-12-27) (aged 84)
Resting placeArlington National Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Helen Coventry
Alma materWestern Reserve University
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1944–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II

William Hanes Ayres (February 5, 1916 – December 27, 2000) was an American World War II veteran and politician who served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio from 1951 to 1971.

Early life and career

William H. Ayres was born in Eagle Rock, Virginia. He moved with his parents to West Virginia and later to Lorain County, Ohio. He attended the Weller Township High School, and graduated from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1936. He worked as a salesman for heating equipment in Akron, Ohio, from 1936 to 1944.

He was president of the Ayres Heating & Insulation Co., Akron, Ohio, since 1946.

World War II

During the Second World War he served as a private in the United States Army until being discharged December 17, 1945.


Ayres was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the nine succeeding Congresses. Ayres was well regarded by House members of both parties. He usually did not list his party affiliation on his campaign literature instead listing himself as "Your Congressman."[citation needed]

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress defeated by John Seiberling, an Akron Democrat and scion. Ayres voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[1] 1960,[2] 1964,[3] and 1968,[4] and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[5]

Death and family legacy

He died of heart and kidney ailments on December 27, 2000, in Columbia, Maryland. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery.

Representative Ayres's wife of 61 years, Mary Helen Coventry Ayres, died in 1999.

He had two daughters, Virginia Mount Ayres of Alexandria, Virginia, and Judith Elizabeth Ayres Burke of Middleburg, Virginia. A son, Frank Hanes Ayres, died in 1991.


  1. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".
  2. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".
  3. ^ "H.R. 7152. PASSAGE".
  5. ^ "TO PASS H.R. 6400, THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT".
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter B. Huber
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
John F. Seiberling
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