Former Ohio Congressman Dies

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- He served the people of southern Ohio in Congress for 20 years.

Word, Thursday morning that former Congressman William Harsha, Jr. died earlier this week in a hospital in Portsmouth.

Harsha, who was 89, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1981. He was also a former Scioto County Prosecutor.

Harsha was succeeded in Congress by Bob McEwen.

McEwen tells the Portsmouth newspaper that one of Harsha’s greatest accomplishments was starting the Route 32 project.

The Ohio River bridge connecting between Maysville, Ky. and Aberdeen, Ohio is named after Harsha.

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