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Richard Small Ayer
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 31, 1870 – March 3, 1871
Preceded by Joseph Segar
Succeeded by John Critcher
Member of the Maine House of Representatives

In office
1888
Personal details
Born (1829-10-09)October 9, 1829
Montville, Maine
Died December 14, 1896(1896-12-14) (aged 67)
Liberty, Maine
Resting place Montville, Maine
Political party Republican
Occupation farmer, merchant
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1861–1863
Rank First Lieutenant
Unit 4th Maine Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Richard Small Ayer (October 9, 1829 – December 14, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Early and family life

Born in Montville, Maine, Ayer attended the common schools.[1]

Career

Ayer farmed and worked as a merchant for several years. During the Civil War, Ayers enlisted in 1861 in the Union Army as a private in Company A, Fourth Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry.[2] He was later promoted to first lieutenant and was mustered out as a captain on March 22, 1863, for disability.[3]

Ayer settled in Virginia's Northern Neck in 1865 near Warsaw.[4] In 1867, voters elected him a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1868, which was necessary for the Commonwealth to be readmitted to the Union since its prior constitution permitted slavery.[5] Voters overwhelmingly ratified the new Constitution presented by the convention in 1869, and Virginia was readmitted to the Union. Later that year, voters elected Ayer as a Republican to the Forty-first Congress. He defeated Conservative Joseph Eggleton Segar (whom the U.S. Congress had refused to seat the previous two sessions and again unsuccessfully claimed a seat in this congress) as well as Independents Daniel M. Norton (an African American aligned with the Readjuster Party who also had served in that constitutional convention and would serve in the Virginia Senate) and George W. Lewis. Ayer served from January 31, 1870, until March 3, 1871. However, he was not a candidate for renomination in 1870. Former Confederate veteran and Democrat John Critcher was elected and served one term.

Ayer returned to farming, as well as moved back to Montville, Maine. He later ran for election there and served as member of the State house of representatives in 1888.[6]

Death and legacy

Ayer died in Liberty, Maine, December 14, 1896. He was interred in Mount Repose Cemetery, Montville, Maine.[7]

References

  1. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  2. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  3. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  4. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  5. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  6. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  7. Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 21 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692

Sources

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph Segar (1863)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

1870–1871
Succeeded by
George T. Garrison

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