William Hanes Ayres

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William Hanes Ayres
File: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 by Walter B. Huber
Succeeded by John F. Seiberling
Personal details
Born (1916-02-05)February 5, 1916
Eagle Rock, Virginia
Died December 27, 2000(2000-12-27) (aged 84)
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Helen Coventry
Children three
Alma mater Western Reserve University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1944 - 1945
Rank private
Battles/wars World War II

William Hanes Ayres (February 5, 1916 – December 27, 2000) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio.


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 tot 1944. During the Second World War served as a private in the United States Army until 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.

Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Mount Ayres of Alexandria, Virginia, and Judith Elizabeth Ayres Burke of Middleburg, Virginia; a sister; and two grandchildren, Tamara Mount Holcombe and Elizabeth Coventry Ayres Burke Berg. A son, Frank Hanes Ayres, died in 1991.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter B. Huber
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

1951 - 1971
Succeeded by
John F. Seiberling