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Harry Edward Sauthoff (June 3, 1879 – June 16, 1966) was an American teacher, coach, lawyer and politician from Madison, Wisconsin. The son of a German immigrant, Sauthoff was a 1909 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. He held many political offices including being elected to the United States House of Representatives.

Harry Sauthoff, Sr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byCharles Hawks, Jr.
Succeeded byRobert Kirkland Henry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1939
Preceded byCharles W. Henney
Succeeded byCharles Hawks, Jr.
Member of the Wisconsin Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1879-06-03)June 3, 1879
Madison, Wisconsin
DiedJune 16, 1966(1966-06-16) (aged 87)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political partyProgressive
Harry Sauthoff
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1905Northern Illinois State Normal
1905–1906Northern Illinois State Normal
Head coaching record
Overall3–1–1 (football)
7–2 (basketball)

Early lifeEdit

Born on June 3, 1879, Sauthoff was the son of August and Hermine Sauthoff. Both his parents were German immigrants from the province of Hanover.[1] He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1902.[1] After his undergraduate education he taught and coached for Lake Geneva High School and Northern Illinois State Normal School.[1] He served as the head football coach at Northern Illinois University in 1905, compiling a record of 3–1–1.[2] Sauthoff was also the head basketball coach at Northern Illinois for one season in 1905–06.[3] He returned to University of Wisconsin to study law graduated 1909.[1]

Political careerEdit

He served as district attorney of Dane County, Wisconsin from 1915 to 1919. In 1921 Sauthoff served as Secretary to Governor John J. Blaine and as a delegate to the International Conference on the St. Lawrence Deep Waterway in 1921.

Sauthoff served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1925 to 1929. In 1934 he was elected as a Progressive to the United States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district. He served from January 3, 1935 to January 3, 1939 as part of the 74th and 75th United States Congresses. He lost his reelection bid in the 1938 election. He ran again in 1940 and won, serving from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1945 as part of the 77th and 78th Congresses. He was defeated in the 1944 election for the United States Senate, receiving 5.8 percent of the vote as a third-party candidate.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northern Illinois State Normal (Independent) (1905)
1905 Northern Illinois State Normal 3–1–1
Northern Illinois State Normal: 3–1–1
Total: 3–1–1


  1. ^ a b c d Official Congressional Directory, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943, p. 127, retrieved January 24, 2016
  2. ^ "NIU 2016 Football Media Guide". Northern Illinois University. Retrieved January 24, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "2015-16 NIU Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). Northern Illinois University. Retrieved January 24, 2016.

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