Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
AYRES, William Augustus (1867-1952)

AYRES, WILLIAM AUGUSTUS, a Representative from Kansas; born in Elizabethtown, Hardin County, Ill., April 19, 1867; moved with his parents to Sedgwick County, Kans., in 1881; attended the common schools and Garfield University (now Friends University), Wichita, Kans.; was admitted to the bar in 1893 and commenced practice in Wichita, Kans.; clerk of the Court of Appeals of Kansas 1897-1901; prosecuting attorney of Sedgwick County 1906-1910; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fourth, Sixty-fifth, and Sixty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1921); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1920 to the Sixty-seventh Congress; elected to the Sixty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, 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., February 17, 1952; interment in Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, Kans.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Frederick Joseph Horne Papers, 1893-1967, 2.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include William Augustus Ayres. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Victor Murdock Papers, 1824-1971, approximately 38,300 items.
Correspondents include William A. Ayres. A finding aid is available in the library.


Wichita State University Library
Wichita, KS
Papers: 1934-1952, 0.8 linear foot.
The papers of William A. Ayres include correspondence, reports, and miscellaneous materials pertaining to his duties as a member of the Federal Trade Commission from 1934-1952. A significant portion of the collection concerns the launching, commissioning, and activities of the U.S.S. Wichita. An unpublished finding aid is available in the library.

  • Meredith, Elis, ed. Democracy at the Crossroads; A Symposium by W. A. Ayres, H. Parker Willis, Brand Whitlock [and others]. Arranged by Ellis Meredith. New York: Brewer, Warren & Putnam, 1932.