Steven Beckwith Ayres Edit Profile
He moved with his parents to Elmira, New York, in 1866, where he attended grammar school. He moved to Penn Yan, New York in 1873, and attended the Penn Yan Academy. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1882.
Ayres worked in the publishing business at Penn Yan and became editor of the Yates County Chronicle. He served as delegate to the Republican State convention in 1884. In 1893, he moved to New York City, where he worked in advertising.
He declined the Democratic nomination as candidate for the New York State Assembly in 1910. Elected as an Independent (non-Tammany) Democrat to the Sixty-second Congress in 1910, Ayres served one term from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1913. In 1912 he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Sixty-third Congress.
Ayres wrote several books and many history articles, and lectured at the New York University Summer School in 1914. He engaged in the cultivation of oranges at Clearwater, Florida in winter and in the real estate business at Woodstock, New York during the summer. Ayres died, in Manhattan's Park West Hospital on June 1, 1929.
He is interred at Clearwater Cemetery, Clearwater, Florida.
Democratic Party, Republican Party.
Member 62d Congress (1911-1913), 18th New York District.
Married Harriet Margaret Bower, February 6, 1884.; married second Helen Thompson Haseltine, October 7, 1905.