Bill Harsha

William Howard "Bill" Harsha ( born January 1, 1921 in Portsmouth, Ohio; † October 11, 2010 ) was an American politician. Between 1961 and 1981 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Bill Harsha attended until 1939, the Portsmouth High School and then Kenyon College. From 1942 to 1944, he served during World War II in the Marine Corps. After studying law at Western Reserve University and his 1947 was admitted to the bar he began to work in Portsmouth in this profession. Between 1947 and 1951 he was one of the legal representatives of this city; 1951 to 1955, he served as a prosecutor in Scioto County. Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1960, Harsha was the sixth electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Ward Miller on January 3, 1961. After nine elections he could pass in Congress until January 3, 1981 ten legislative periods. In this time were, among others, the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal and the end of the civil rights movement. In 1980 he gave up another candidacy.

Between 1981 and 1986, Bill Harsha worked as a consultant in the federal capital Washington. He died on October 11, 2010 in his hometown of Portsmouth, where he was also buried.