Bill Harsha

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Bill Harsha
Bill Harsha 93rd Congress 1973.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's sixth district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1981
Preceded by Ward Miller
Succeeded by Bob McEwen
Personal details
Born (1921-01-01)January 1, 1921
Portsmouth, Ohio
Died October 11, 2010(2010-10-11) (aged 89)
Portsmouth, Ohio
Resting place Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth
Political party Republican
Alma mater Kenyon College
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1942 - 1944
Battles/wars World War II

William Howard "Bill" Harsha, Jr. (January 1, 1921 – October 11, 2010) was an American politician who represented Ohio as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives from January 3, 1961 to January 3, 1981.[1]


Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, he graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1939. He received his B.A. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1943, where he was initiated into Sigma Pi Fraternity, and his LL.B. from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947. From 1942 to 1944, he was in the United States Marine Corps.

After his admission to the bar on March 6, 1947, he was the city of Portsmouth's assistant solicitor until 1951, when he was elected Scioto County Prosecuting Attorney. He served one four year term. In 1961, he was elected to Congress and served twenty years there. He was succeeded by Bob McEwen, who had managed two of his re-election campaigns. After his retirement from Congress, he was a consultant in Washington, D.C. from 1981 to 1986, when he returned to Portsmouth and resumed his law practice.[citation needed]


He died in 2010 in Portsmouth, Ohio, aged 89.[2]


An artificial lake on the East Fork of the Little Miami River in Clermont County near Batavia is named for him (see East Fork State Park), as is the William H. Harsha Bridge, which spans the Ohio River between Ohio and Kentucky.


Harsha's son, William H. Harsha III, is a judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals for the Fourth Appellate District.



United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ward Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Bob McEwen