William Ayers (1891 - 1974)

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William Ayers
1891 - 1974
updated February 06, 2019
William Ayers was born on August 8, 1891. He died in April 1974 at age 82. We know that William Ayers had been residing in Lindley, Steuben County, New York 14858.


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William Ayers died in April 1974 at 82 years of age. He was born on August 8, 1891. There is no information about William's surviving family. We know that William Ayers had been residing in Lindley, Steuben County, New York 14858.
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In 1891, in the year that William Ayers was born, on March 14th, a lynch mob stormed the Old Parish Prison. The mob lynched 11 of the 19 Italians who were arrested for - but found to be innocent of - the murder of New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessy.

In 1922, at the age of 31 years old, William was alive when from October 22nd - 29th, 3,000 men of Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party marched on Rome. (Mussolini waited in Milan, he did not participate in the March.) The day after the March Mussolini went to Rome and the King of Italy handed over power to Mussolini, in part because he was supported by the military, the business class, and the right-wing factions of Italy.

In 1937, by the time he was 46 years old, on May 6th, the German zeppelin the Hindenburg caught fire and blew up. The Hindenburg was a passenger ship traveling to Frankfurt Germany. It tried to dock in New Jersey, one of the stops, and something went wrong - it blew up. Thirty-six people were killed out of the 97 on board - 13 passengers, 22 crewmen, and one ground worker. The reasons for the explosion are still disputed.

In 1942, when he was 51 years old, on June 17th, Roosevelt approved the Manhattan Project, which lead to the development of the first atomic bomb. With the support of Canada and the United Kingdom, the Project came to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion. Julius Robert Oppenheimer, a nuclear physicist born in New York, led the Los Alamos Laboratory that developed the actual bomb. The first artificial nuclear explosion took place near Alamogordo New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

In 1974, in the year of William Ayers's passing, on February 5th, Patty Hearst, age 19 - granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst and daughter of publisher of the San Francisco Examiner Randolph Hearst - was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, a left wing terrorist group. She was found, alive, 19 months later.

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William Upsall Ayers
around 1901 - May 8, 1919
William Tyrell Ayers
Died: Sep 22, 1917
William Henry Beedom Ayers
around 1917 - Jun 7, 1944
William Frank Ayers
Died: Jun 29, 1940
William Caleb Ayers
Died: Oct 11, 1916
William Bruce Ayers
around 1897 - May 9, 1915
William Ayers
Died: Sep 23, 1918
William Jr Ayers
Born: around 1917
New Jersey, United States
William W Ayers
Born: around 1903
California, United States
William L Ayers
Born: around 1923
California, United States
William S Ayers
Born: around 1927
California, United States
William S Ayers
Born: around 1927
California, United States
William K Ayers
Born: around 1906
Oregon, United States
William L Ayers
Born: around 1910
California, United States
William H Ayers
Born: around 1925
Texas, United States
William M Jr Ayers
Born: around 1921
Texas, United States
William M Ayers
Born: around 1923
Oklahoma, United States
William C Ayers
Born: around 1909
Missouri, United States
William L Ayers
Born: around 1914
Missouri, United States

Other Ayerses

Lucy Ayers
Jun 27, 1886 - April 1966
Elmira, NY
Howard Ayers
Apr 24, 1924 - November 1987
Wellsboro, PA
Stewart L Ayers
Apr 5, 1924 - Aug 31, 1998
Saint Petersburg, FL
Dorothy E Ayers
Jan 27, 1910 - Sep 6, 2007
Bronx, NY
Mary M Ayers
Jan 3, 1911 - Sep 26, 2009
Racine, WI
Julia Ayers
Nov 27, 1895 - April 1976
Central America & West Indies
Linda Ayers
Jan 17, 1942 - Jul 2, 2002
Georgia Ayers
Apr 21, 1878 - September 1970
Goshen, NY
Holly J Ayers
Jan 3, 1961 - Jul 15, 2007
Buffalo, NY
Tyrone Ayers
Oct 26, 1966 - May 11, 2003
Brooklyn, NY
Margeret Ayers
Nov 4, 1895 - September 1963
Rochester, NY
Ruth L Ayers
Nov 5, 1920 - November 1989
Joseph B Ayers
Jan 19, 1919 - Sep 18, 2000
Westborough, MA
Sabelia Ayers
Apr 10, 1872 - November 1964
New York
Albert F Ayers
Oct 25, 1895 - Nov 24, 1990
Johanna A Ayers
Nov 29, 1927 - Aug 13, 1994
Bradford, NY
Mary Ayers
Aug 16, 1890 - October 1972
New Paltz, NY
Mary Ayers
Feb 21, 1885 - August 1977
Mahopac, NY
Charles Ayers
Sep 12, 1904 - April 1968
Hoosick Falls, NY
Charles O Ayers
Sep 2, 1905 - Mar 17, 1993
Galax, VA

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Jan 24, 1890 - January 1975
Bath, NY
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Feb 10, 1900 - September 1980
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Margaret Austin
Nov 7, 1906 - September 1984
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Russell Weaver
Oct 23, 1893 - September 1969
Elmira, NY
Doris W Lovelace
Dec 4, 1905 - Sep 15, 2002
Trumansburg, NY
Cora Perkins
Apr 26, 1905 - May 1985
Wellsburg, NY
I N Pelow
Mar 13, 1907 - Jul 23, 1997
Sanford, FL
Raymond Cole
Apr 5, 1898 - November 1978
Pine City, NY
Paul P Selewach
Jul 12, 1925 - Aug 14, 2009
Seminole, FL
Violet G Simmons
Jul 18, 1925 - Dec 13, 2000
New Rochelle, NY
Ednae Strawn
Dec 10, 1923 - Jul 21, 2007
Schenectady, NY
Thomas Gaffney
Jun 2, 1899 - February 1971
Addison, NY
Reta L Longwell
Dec 13, 1923 - Feb 15, 2011
Bath, NY
Ralph Mehlenbacher
Aug 4, 1918 - Sep 26, 2005
Wayland, NY
Helen J Lockwood
Aug 21, 1898 - Oct 29, 1990
Rochester, NY
Mark Chamberlain
Jul 17, 1925 - May 1980
Sacramento, CA
Lawrence J Owen
Jan 3, 1924 - Jul 6, 2002
Kailua, HI
Myrta Campbell
Oct 3, 1880 - September 1971
Elmira, NY
Anna English
Aug 30, 1892 - February 1978
Elmira, NY
Louella G Christian
Jan 4, 1911 - Jul 31, 2001
Anderson, SC
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