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Harry Palmer Jeffrey (December 26, 1901 – January 4, 1997) was an attorney and member of the United States House of Representatives from Ohio.

Harry Palmer Jeffrey
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byGreg J. Holbrock
Succeeded byEdward Joseph Gardner
Personal details
Born(1901-12-26)December 26, 1901
Dayton, Ohio
DiedJanuary 4, 1997(1997-01-04) (aged 95)
Dayton, Ohio
Resting placeWoodlawn Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma mater
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Reserve
Years of service1927-1930
Ranksecond lieutenant


Harry P. Jeffrey was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of a department store manager, Samuel Jeffrey and his wife Grace. Harry Jeffrey attended Dayton's Patterson Grade School and graduated from Steele High School. He was graduated from Ohio State University at Columbus in 1924, and from the College of Law of the same university in 1926.

Harry P. Jeffrey was admitted to the bar in 1926 and commenced practice in Columbus, Ohio. He moved back to Dayton in 1927 and continued the practice of law, joining the firm of Iddings & Iddings to form Iddings & Jeffrey. Jeffrey built on their practice providing legal services to entrepreneurs and business enterprises by expanding into litigation, personal injury and divorce.

Jeffrey was a second lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve Corps from 1927 to 1930.

He became special assistant attorney general of Ohio from 1933 to 1936. In the 1942 mid-term election, Harry P. Jeffrey was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-eighth Congress from Ohio's 3rd congressional district. As a member of the House Veterans Committee, Harry Jeffrey was one of several authors of the G. I. Bill of Rights, which provided benefits to veterans returning from World War II, including loans that enabled military veterans to get a college education. He was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection in 1944.

After his congressional service, Harry P. Jeffrey resumed the practice of law in Dayton until his retirement in the 1980s. He argued a case before the United States Supreme Court and became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Jeffrey was president of the Dayton Bar Association from 1954 to 1955.

Governor James A. Rhodes appointed Harry P. Jeffrey to the Advisory Committee of the Wright State Campus of Miami and Ohio State Universities in 1965. When that campus became a full-fledged university, Harry Jeffrey was a trustee of Wright State University from 1967 to 1977. In 1976, he served as chair of the WSU Board of Trustees and retired from the Board in September 1977. He also served on the University Foundation Board of Directors for many years as secretary and then from 1981–83 as president. A scholarship in his memory was established at Wright State.

He was a founding member of Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering, Ohio. Harry P. Jeffrey died at Dayton Hospice at the age of 95. He is interred with his wife Susan (1912–1986) at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.


  • United States Congress. "Harry P. Jeffrey (id: J000073)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • "Longtime Lawyer Jeffrey Dies." Dayton Daily News, January 5, 1997, Page 2B.
  • “Harry P. Jeffrey -- Ohio Congressman”, The Washington Post, January 10, 1997, Page B7.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Greg J. Holbrock
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edward Joseph Gardner
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Newt V. Mills
Oldest Living United States Representative
(Sitting or Former)

May 15, 1996 – January 4, 1997
Succeeded by
Jennings Randolph