Steven Beckwith Ayres

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Steven Beckwith Ayres
Steven B. Ayres.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byJoseph A. Goulden
Succeeded byThomas G. Patten
Personal details
BornOctober 27, 1861 (1861-10-27)
Fort Dodge, Iowa
DiedJune 1, 1929 (1929-07) (aged 67)
Clearwater, Florida
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Spouse(s)Helen Ayres
Alma materSyracuse University

advertising agent


orange grower

real estate agent

Steven Beckwith Ayres (October 27, 1861 – June 1, 1929) was an American politician and a U.S. Representative from New York.


Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Ayres was the son of Stephen and Artemisia (Dunlap) Ayres. 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.

His wife, Helen Ayers (b.1869), was one of the founders of the Woman's National Democratic League (est.1896) in New York City.[1][2] It was the first permanent national political organization exclusively established for and by women. The Ayres had one daughter, Janette.[1]


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.

He was elected as an Independent (non-Tammany) Democrat to represent Bronx district in the Sixty-second Congress in 1910. Ayres served one term from March 4, 1911 to March 3, 1913.[3] 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.[4]


Steven Beckwith Ayres died on June 1, 1929 in Manhattan's Park West Hospital. He is interred at Clearwater Cemetery in Clearwater, Florida.[5]


  1. ^ a b Foofle "Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915", by John W. Leonard, pg. 62.
  2. ^ Google Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac, Volume 15, 1900, pg. 293.
  3. ^ "Steven Beckwith Ayres". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Steven Beckwith Ayres". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Steven Beckwith Ayres". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 15 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph A. Goulden
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 18th congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas G. Patten