James H. Southard

James Harding Southard (* January 20, 1851 in Toledo, Ohio, † February 20, 1919 ) was an American politician. Between 1895 and 1907 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


James Southard attended the common schools and then studied until 1874 at Cornell University in Ithaca (New York). After a subsequent law degree in 1877 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in Toledo in this profession. In 1882 he became deputy prosecutor in Lucas County. After that, he was there for six years actual prosecutor. Politically, he joined the Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1894 Southard was in the ninth election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded the Democrat Byron F. Ritchie on March 4, 1895. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1907 six legislative periods. In this time of the Spanish-American War of 1898 fell. From 1899 to 1907 he was chairman of the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures. In 1906 he was not re-elected.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Southard again practiced as a lawyer in Toledo, where he died on 20 February 1919.