James S. Ayre

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James Stewart Ayre (August 15, 1881[1] – 1953) was a businessman and political figure in Newfoundland. He represented Port de Grave in the Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly from 1932 to 1933.[2]

He was born in St. John's and educated at the Methodist College there and at Liverpool College in England. After completing his education, he entered the family business in 1898,[1] becoming a director in 1914 and chairman of the board in 1937. Ayre was also president of the Newfoundland Clothing Company.[2]

He ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the Newfoundland assembly in 1924 and in 1928 before being elected in 1932. Ayre resigned his seat in 1933.[1] He served in the Newfoundland Executive Council as a minister without portfolio. Ayre died in St. John's.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Members of the Legislature, 1932-1933" (PDF). Newfoundland and Labrador House of Assembly. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b c Smallwood, Joseph R (1981). Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. v. 1. p. 1010. ISBN 0-920508-14-6.