Richard S. Ayer

Richard Small Ayer ( born October 9, 1829 in Montville, Waldo County, Maine, † December 14, 1896 in Liberty, Maine ) was an American politician. In the years 1870 and 1871, he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Ayer attended the public schools of his home. Thereafter, he worked in agriculture and trade. During the Civil War he served 1861-1863 in the army of the Union, from which he retired as a lieutenant for health reasons in 1863. After the war he settled in Warsaw ( Virginia). In his new home he hit as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career. During 1867 and 1868 he was a delegate at a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Virginia.

After the readmission of Virginia to the Union Ayer was the first electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 31 January 1870. Since he resigned in 1870 to run again, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1871. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Richard Ayer again worked in agriculture. Later he returned to Montville. In 1888 he was elected to the House of Representatives from Maine. He died on December 14, 1896 in Liberty, and was buried in Montville.