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AVERY, William Henry

AVERY, William Henry
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AVERY, William Henry, a Representative from Kansas; born in Wakefield, Clay County, Kans., August 11, 1911; attended the public schools; A.B., University of Kansas at Lawrence, 1934; engaged in business as a farmer and stockman near Wakefield, Kans., since 1935; director of the Wakefield Rural High School Board of Education since 1946; Congressional liaison for the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, 1973- 1976; member, Wakefield school board, 1958-1964; member, Kansas state house of representatives, 1951-1955; member of legislative council of Kansas 1953-1955; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1955-January 3, 1965); was not a candidate for renomination in 1964, but was a successful candidate for Governor of Kansas and served from January 11, 1965, to January 9, 1967; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1966; president, Real Petroleum Company; died on November 4, 2009, in Wakefield, Kans.

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External Research Collections

Kansas State Historical Society

Topeka, KS
Papers: ca. 1955-1965, 41 boxes. The collection contains the congressional papers of William Henry Avery during his tenure in the United States House of Representatives, 1955-1965. Most of the material covers the years of 1960-1962. Most of the papers deal with constituent correspondence. A finding aid is available in the repository.
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