McGREGOR, J. Harry, (1896 - 1958)


Campaign postcard (detail), 1941-1958, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

McGREGOR, J. Harry, a Representative from Ohio; born on a farm near Unionport, Jefferson County, Ohio, September 30, 1896; attended the public schools, West Lafayette (Ohio) College, and Oberlin (Ohio) College; during the First World War served as a sergeant with the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth Field Artillery, United States Army, in 1917 and 1918; engaged in the lumber and general contracting business at West Lafayette, Ohio, 1918-1945; member of the school board of West Lafayette, Ohio, for eight years; member of the State house of representatives 1935-1940, serving as minority whip 1937-1939 and as majority leader and speaker pro tempore in 1939 and 1940; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William A. Ashbrook; reelected to the Seventy-seventh and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from February 27, 1940, until his death; chairman, Special Committee on Chamber Improvements (Eightieth and Eighty-third Congresses); had been renominated to the Eighty-sixth Congress; died in Coshocton, Ohio, October 7, 1958; interment in Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette, Ohio.