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James Harding Southard (January 20, 1851 – February 20, 1919) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.

James Harding Southard
James H. Southard 1917.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1907
Preceded byByron F. Ritchie
Succeeded byIsaac R. Sherwood
Personal details
Born(1851-01-20)January 20, 1851
Washington Township, Ohio
DiedFebruary 20, 1919(1919-02-20) (aged 68)
Toledo, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carrie T. Wales
Alma materCornell University

Born near Toledo, Ohio, in Washington Township, Lucas County, Ohio, Southard attended the public schools and was graduated from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1874. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Toledo, Ohio. He was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney of Lucas County in 1882. Twice elected prosecuting attorney of the county, and served in that office six years.

Southard was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1907). He served as chairman of the Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Fifty-sixth through Fifty-ninth Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1906 to the Sixtieth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Toledo, Ohio, until his death there February 20, 1919. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Southard married Carrie T. Wales of Toledo in 1883. They had three children.[1] He was a Freemason, Knights of Pythias, and Elk.[1]


  1. ^ a b Randall, Emilius; Ryan, Daniel Joseph (1915). History of Ohio: the Rise and Progress of an American State. 6. New York: The Century History Company. p. 362.

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