GRIFFITHS, Percy Wilfred, (1893 - 1983)

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

GRIFFITHS, Percy Wilfred, a Representative from Ohio; born in Taylor, Lackawanna County, Pa., March 30, 1893; attended the public schools and Bloomsburg (Pa.) Normal School 1913-1916; was graduated from Pennsylvania State College at State College in 1921 and from Columbia University, New York City, in 1930; served in the United States Navy 1910-1913 and during the First World War 1917-1919; director of athletics at Marietta (Ohio) College 1921-1927; football coach at various colleges 1927-1936; in 1922 engaged as an automobile dealer in Marietta, Ohio; mayor of Marietta in 1938 and 1939; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth, Seventy-ninth, and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1943-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the Eighty-first Congress; resumed the automobile business until his retirement in June 1961; was a resident of Clearwater, Fla., until his death there on June 12, 1983.