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Steven Beckwith AYRES

(1861-1929)

AYRES, Steven Beckwith, a Representative from New York; born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, October 27, 1861; moved with his parents to Elmira, N.Y., in 1866; attended the grammar school; moved to Penn Yan, N.Y., in 1873; attended the Penn Yan Academy and was graduated from Syracuse (N.Y.) University, in 1882; engaged in the publishing business at Penn Yan and was editor of the Yates County Chronicle; delegate to the Republican State convention in 1884; moved to New York City in 1893 and engaged in the advertising business; declined the Democratic nomination as candidate for the New York State assembly in 1910; elected as an Independent Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress (March 4, 1911-March 3, 1913); unsuccessful candidate for reelection as an Independent Democrat in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; author of several books and many historical articles; lecturer in the New York University Summer School in 1914; engaged in the cultivation of oranges at Clearwater, Fla., in winter and in the real estate business at Woodstock, N.Y., during the summer; died in New York City, June 1, 1929; interment in the Clearwater Cemetery, Clearwater, Fla.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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