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Percy Wilfred "Red" Griffiths (March 30, 1893 – June 12, 1983) was an American football player and coach and politician. He played college football at Pennsylvania State College—now known as Pennsylvania State University and professionally for one season in the National Football League (NFL) with the Canton Bulldogs. Griffiths was the head football at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio from 1921 to 1926 and Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania from 1929 to 1930, compiling a career college football coaching record of 16–41–10. He was the mayor of Marietta, Ohio from 1938 and 1939 and served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 15th congressional district from 1943 to 1949.

Percy Wilfred "Red" Griffiths
Percy W. Griffiths 1920.jpg
on 1920 Nittany Lions team
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byRobert T. Secrest
Succeeded byRobert T. Secrest
Personal details
Political partyRepublican
Percy W. Griffiths
Biographical details
Born(1893-03-30)March 30, 1893
Taylor, Pennsylvania
DiedJune 12, 1983(1983-06-12) (aged 90)
Clearwater, Florida
Playing career
1917–1920Penn State
1921Canton Bulldogs
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1927–1928Penn State (assistant)
Head coaching record

Early life and playing careerEdit

After serving in the United States Navy during World War I, "Red" Griffiths attended Bloomsburg Normal School. He moved on to Pennsylvania State College where he played college football as a guard for Hugo Bezdek's undefeated 1920 team. Griffith was named to the 1920 College Football All-America Team.[1][2] He also lettered in lacrosse for the Nittany Lions and earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Penn State in 1921. He played one professional season (1921) with the Canton Bulldogs of the National Football League (NFL).

Coaching careerEdit


Griffiths was the athletic director and coached football, basketball and baseball at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio from 1921 to 1927. He coached football at Marietta from 1921 until the end of the 1926 season, accumulating a record of 14–28–7.[3] While at Marietta, he also coached men's basketball[4] from 1922 until 1927.[5]


Griffiths was the 21st head football coach at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, serving for two seasons, from 1929 to 1930, and compiling a record of 2–13–3.[6][7][8]

Political career and later lifeEdit

Griffiths continued his education at Columbia University, graduating in 1930. He served as Marietta's mayor from 1938 to 1939 and later represented Washington County, Ohio and Ohio's 15th congressional district in the 78th, 79th, and 80th U.S. Congresses (1943–1949). Griffiths retired to Clearwater, Florida in 1952, where he lived until his death at the age of 90, in 1983.


  1. ^ Dickinson Magazine Archived February 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine "The Boys of '31: Surviving Red Devils recall how they tamed the Nittany Lions" by David Smith, October 1, 2004
  2. ^ Newspaper Archive "New Castle News" November 18, 1921
  3. ^ Marietta College Archived September 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Football Media Guide
  4. ^ West Virginia University Archived October 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Basketball results
  5. ^ Marietta College Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Basketball Media Guide
  6. ^ Centennial Conference Archived October 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine "2008 Centennial Conference Football Prospectus"
  7. ^ "The History of Football at Dickinson College, 1885-1969." Gobrecht, Wilbur J., Chambersburg, PA: Kerr Printing Co., 1971.
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 13, 2008. Retrieved December 17, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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