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Avery, William H. (1911–2009) | Morse Department of Special Collections

Name: Avery, William H. (1911–2009)

Historical Note:

1911       Born on a farm near Wakefield, Kansas on August 11, the son of Herman W. and Hattie C. Avery.

1934      Received an AB degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

1935-1955      Farmer, stockman near Wakefield

1940       Married Hazel Bowles of Junction City, Kansas on June 16. They have four children William Jr., Barbara, Bradley, and Martha.

1946-1954      Director of Wakefield School Board.

1951-1955      Member of Kansas House of Representatives from the 2nd District.

1955-1965      Served in the U. S. Congress

1965-1967      Governor of Kansas.

1966      Sought gubernatorial re-election, defeated by Robert Docking.

1967-1968      Worked for Garvey Enterprises.

1968       Unsuccessful candidate for the U. S. Senate.

1967-1971      Worked for the Clinton Oil Company which merged with Real Petroleum with Avery as President.

1973-1977      Congressional liaison to the Department of the Interior.

1977-1980      Chairman of the board and director of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Wakefield.

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