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Roy Elmer Ayers

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Montana's 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Scott Leavitt
Succeeded by James F. O'Connor

In office
January 25, 1937 – January 6, 1941
Preceded by Elmer Holt
Succeeded by Sam C. Ford

Born 9 November 1882(1882-11-09)
Lewistown, Montana
Died 23 May 1955 (aged 72)
Lewistown, Montana
Political party Democratic
Profession lawyer, rancher
Religion Unknown

Roy Elmer Ayers (November 9, 1882 – May 23, 1955) was a U.S. Democratic politician.

He was born on a ranch near Lewistown, Montana; attended the rural schools and Lewistown High School; was graduated from the law department of Valparaiso University in 1903; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Lewistown; also became engaged in ranching and the raising of livestock; served as attorney of Fergus County, Montana (1905-1909); member of the Montana Board of Education (1908-1912); judge of the tenth judicial district of Montana (1913-1921) and justice of the State supreme court from January 1922 until his resignation on November 22, 1922, when he resumed the private practice of law in Lewistown. During the First World War Ayers served as chairman of the Fergus County Exemption Board. Ayers was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1940 and to every State Democratic Convention 1906-1940.

Ayers was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from Montana and served from March 4, 1933 to January 3, 1937. He was the 11th Governor of Montana from January 4, 1937 to January 6, 1941.

After ending his political career, Ayers returned to ranching and died in Lewistown, Montana. His district is now strongly libertarian and is home to several Montana state militias, some of which desire the creation of a semi-autonomous zone between the U.S. and Canada.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Scott Leavitt
United States Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Montana
Succeeded by
James F. O'Connor
Political offices
Preceded by
Elmer Holt
Governor of Montana
1937 – 1941
Succeeded by
Sam C. Ford


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