William Hanes Ayres
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Ohio's 14th district
January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1971
|Walter B. Huber|
|John F. Seiberling|
|Born||February 5, 1916|
Eagle Rock, Virginia
|Died||December 27, 2000(aged 84)|
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Helen Coventry|
|Alma mater||Western Reserve University|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1944-1945|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
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. During the Second World War he served as a private in the United States Army until being discharged December 17, 1945. He was president of the Ayres Heating & Insulation Co., Akron, Ohio, since 1946.
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." He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1970 to the Ninety-second Congress defeated by John Seiberling, an Akron Democrat and scion. 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.