This district became obsolete for the 113th Congress in 2013 as congressional district lines were redrawn to accommodate the loss of the seat as a result of the 2010 Census. Most of the territory within the current 17th district has been merged into the Akron-based 13th district.
|District created March 4, 1833|
|March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1837
|Redistricted from the 12th district|
|Andrew W. Loomis||Whig||25||March 4, 1837 –
October 20, 1837
|Vacant||25||October 20, 1837 –|
December 20, 1837
|Charles D. Coffin||Whig||25||December 20, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
|March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1843
|William C. McCauslen||Democratic||28||March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
|March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
|March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1853
|Wilson Shannon||Democratic||33||March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1855
|Charles J. Albright||Opposition||34||March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1857
|William Lawrence||Democratic||35||March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1859
|Thomas Clarke Theaker||Republican||36||March 4, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
|James R. Morris||Democratic||37||March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
|Redistricted to the 15th district|
|Ephraim R. Eckley||Republican||38
|March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1869
|Jacob A. Ambler||Republican||41
|March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1873
|Laurin D. Woodworth||Republican||43
|March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1877
|William McKinley||Republican||45||March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1879
|Redistricted to the 16th district|
|James Monroe||Republican||46||March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
|Redistricted from the 18th district|
|William McKinley||Republican||47||March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
|Redistricted from the 16th district|
|Joseph D. Taylor||Republican||48||March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
|Redistricted from the 16th district|
|Adoniram J. Warner||Democratic||49||March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
|Redistricted from the 15th district|
|Joseph D. Taylor||Republican||50
|March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
|Redistricted to the 18th district|
|Albert J. Pearson||Democratic||52||March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
|Redistricted to the 16th district|
|James A. D. Richards||Democratic||53||March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
|Addison S. McClure||Republican||54||March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
|John A. McDowell||Democratic||55
|March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1901
|John W. Cassingham||Democratic||57
|March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1905
|Martin L. Smyser||Republican||59||March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1907
|William A. Ashbrook||Democratic||60
|March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1921
|William M. Morgan||Republican||67
|March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1931
|Charles F. West||Democratic||72
|March 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1935
|William A. Ashbrook||Democratic||74
|January 3, 1935 –
January 1, 1940
|Vacant||76||January 1, 1940 –|
February 27, 1940
|J. Harry McGregor||Republican||76
|February 27, 1940 –
October 7, 1958
|Vacant||86||October 7, 1958 –|
January 3, 1959
|Robert W. Levering||Democratic||86||January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
|John M. Ashbrook||Republican||87
|January 3, 1961 –
April 24, 1982
|Vacant||97||April 24, 1982 –|
June 29, 1982
|Jean Spencer Ashbrook||Republican||97||June 29, 1982 –
January 3, 1983
|Lyle Williams||Republican||98||January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1985
|Redistricted from the 19th district|
|January 3, 1985 –
July 24, 2002
|Vacant||107||July 24, 2002 –|
January 3, 2003
|January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2013
|Redistricted to the 13th district|
|District eliminated January 3, 2013|
The following chart shows recent election results. Bold type indicates victor. Italic type indicates incumbent.
|1920||William A. Ashbrook (inc.): 46,675||√ William M. Morgan: 46,968||(none)|
|1922||William A. Ashbrook: 41,745||√ William M. Morgan (inc.): 42,331||(none)|
|1924||J. Freer Bittinger: 36,532||√ William M. Morgan (inc.): 50,226||(none)|
|1926||J. Freer Bittinger: 29,674||√ William M. Morgan (inc.): 36,249||(none)|
|1928||Charles F. West: 40,846||√ William M. Morgan (inc.): 56,823||(none)|
|1930||√ Charles F. West: 45,633||William M. Morgan (inc.): 43,197||(none)|
|1932||√ Charles F. West (inc.): 55,296||William M. Morgan: 51,601||(none)|
|1934||√ William A. Ashbrook: 49,211||James A. Glenn: 41,954||(none)|
|1936||√ William A. Ashbrook (inc.): 69,446||James A. Glenn: 48,270||William Edward Lyle: 2,618|
|1938||√ William A. Ashbrook (inc.): 51,305||Walter B. Woodward: 46,300||(none)|
|1940||Ralph C. Lutz: 56,343||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 69,102||(none)|
|1942||Samuel A. Anderson: 28,235||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 47,565||(none)|
|1944||Thomas A. Wilson: 43,271||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 73,206||(none)|
|1946||Wesley W. Purdy: 30,406||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 57,167||(none)|
|1948||Robert W. Levering: 53,651||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 60,234||(none)|
|1950||Robert W. Levering: 39,726||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 71,382||(none)|
|1952||James J. Mayor: 44,117||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 94,624||(none)|
|1954||Robert W. Levering: 34,638||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 63,301||(none)|
|1956||Robert W. Levering: 44,806||√ J. Harry McGregor (inc.): 88,931||(none)|
|1958||√ Robert W. Levering: 63,650||Laurence Burns: 59,490||(none)|
|1960||Robert W. Levering (inc.): 70,470||√ John M. Ashbrook: 79,609||(none)|
|1962||Robert W. Levering: 49,415||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 69,976||(none)|
|1964||Robert W. Levering: 71,291||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 75,674||(none)|
|1966||Robert T. Secrest: 59,031||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 73,132||(none)|
|1968||Robert W. Levering: 54,127||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 100,148||(none)|
|1970||James C. Hood: 44,066||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 79,472||Clifford J. Simpson (AI): 4,253|
|1972||Raymond C. Beck: 62,512||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 92,666||Clifford J. Simpson (AI): 6,376|
|1974||David D. Noble: 63,342||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 70,708||Clifford J. Simpson: 3|
|1976||John C. McDonald: 72,168||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 94,874||(none)|
|1978||Kenneth Robert Grier: 42,117||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 87,010||(none)|
|1980||Donald E. Yunker: 47,900||√ John M. Ashbrook (inc.): 128,870||(none)|
|1982||George D. Tablack: 80,375||√ Lyle Williams: 98,476||(none)|
|1984||√ Jim Traficant: 123,014||Lyle Williams (inc.): 105,449||Other: 2,198|
|1986||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 112,855||James H. Fulks: 43,334||(none)|
|1988||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 162,526||Frederick W. Lenz: 47,929||(none)|
|1990||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 133,207||Robert R. DeJulio Jr.: 38,199||(none)|
|1992||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 216,503||Salvatore Pansino: 40,745||(none)|
|1994||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 149,004||Mike G. Meister: 43,490||(none)|
|1996||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 218,283||(none)||James M. Cahaney (N): 21,685|
|1998||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 123,718||Paul H. Alberty: 57,703||(none)|
|2000||√ Jim Traficant (inc.): 120,333||Paul H. Alberty: 54,751||Randy D. Walter: 51,793|
Lou D'Apolito: 9,568
Milton R. Norris (L): 1,278
Carol Ann McCoy (N): 3,154
|2002||√ Tim Ryan: 94,441
(Redistricted from the 14th district)
|Ann Womer Benjamin: 62,188||Jim Traficant 28,045|
|2004||√ Tim Ryan (inc.): 208,331||Frank V. Cusimano: 61,727||Randy Walter|
|2006||√ Tim Ryan (inc.): 166,279||Don Manning II: 41,004||(none)|
|2008||√ Tim Ryan (inc.): 204,028||Duane Grassell: 56,003||(none)|
|2010||√ Tim Ryan (inc.): 100,295||Jim Graham: 56,441||Jim Traficant: 29,969 |
The 1940 United States House of Representatives elections coincided with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's re-election to an unprecedented third term. His Democratic Party narrowly gained seats from the opposition Republican Party, cementing their majority. However, the election gave firm control of the US House of Representatives and Senate to the New Dealers once again, as Progressives dominated the election.The upswing in the economy that occurred following the Recession of 1937-38 encouraged voters that the New Deal plan had been working. This allowed the Democrats to stabilize their support.
As of 2018, this is the last time the House of Representatives was made up of six parties.Addison S. McClure
Addison Smith McClure (October 10, 1839 – April 17, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.Albert J. Pearson
Albert Jackson Pearson (May 20, 1846 – May 15, 1905) was a soldier, attorney, judge, and two-term U.S. Representative from Ohio.Andrew W. Loomis
Andrew Williams Loomis (June 27, 1797 – August 24, 1873) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Lebanon, Connecticut, Loomis earned his law degree from Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1819. He was admitted to the bar, and moved to Canton, Ohio to practice law. He then moved to New Lisbon (now Lisbon), Ohio. He served as delegate to the National-Republican State convention in 1827 and 1828.
Loomis was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth Congress and served from March 4, 1837, until October 20, 1837, when he resigned. He moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1839 and resumed his legal practice. He served as member of the Peace Conference of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio, about 1868. He died while on a visit to Cumberland, Maryland, August 24, 1873. He was interred in Allegheny Cemetery, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Charles F. West
Charles Franklin West (January 12, 1895 – December 27, 1955) was a member of the United States House of Representatives.James A. D. Richards
James Alexander Dudley Richards (March 22, 1845 – December 4, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Richards was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and spent his early life there and in New York City, where he received a common-school education.
He moved to New Philadelphia, Ohio, in 1861.
He studied law.
He was admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced practice in New Philadelphia.
Richards was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895).
He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Fifty-third Congress).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress.
He resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., and subsequently returned to New Philadelphia, Ohio, and continued the practice of his profession.
He died in New Philadelphia, on December 4, 1911.
He was interred in the East Fair Street Cemetery.Jean Spencer Ashbrook
Emily Jean Spencer Ashbrook (née Spencer; September 21, 1934) is the widow of Congressman John M. Ashbrook, Republican of Ohio. She is also a former Member of Congress herself, having completed her late husband's final term of office, also as a Republican.John A. McDowell
John Anderson McDowell (September 25, 1853 – October 2, 1927) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Killbuck, Ohio, McDowell attended the common schools, the Millersburg High School, and Lebanon (Ohio) Normal College.
He graduated from the Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio, in 1887.
He taught in rural schools 1870-1877. Following this he served as principal of Millersburg High School 1877-1879.
Superintendent of Millersburg schools 1879-1896.
County school examiner for twenty years.
Instructor in the summer school of the College of Wooster, Ohio from 1896 to 1917 and in the summer school of Ashland College, Ohio in 1918.
McDowell was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1900.
Superintendent of public instruction of the Ashland city schools 1908-1927.
Trustee of the State normal college at Kent, Ohio from 1911 to 1922.
He served as president of Northeastern Ohio Teachers' Association in 1921 and of Ohio State Teachers' Association in 1926.
He was also interested in agricultural pursuits.
He died in Cleveland, Ohio, October 2, 1927.
He was interred in Oak Hill Cemetery, Millersburg, Ohio.John Hastings (Ohio)
John Hastings (1778 – December 8, 1854) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Ireland in 1778, Hastings engaged in agricultural pursuits, while studying law in Lisbon, Ohio. He was admitted to the bar and practiced in Mississippi.
He returned to Ohio and settled in Hanover Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, where once again, he engaged in agricultural pursuits.
Hastings was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1843).
He died near Hanoverton, Ohio, December 8, 1854 and was interred in Grove Hill Cemetery.John W. Cassingham
John Wilson Cassingham (June 22, 1840 – March 14, 1930) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Coshocton, Ohio, Cassingham attended the public schools.
Deputy county treasurer 1857-1868.
He engaged in the mercantile business from 1868 to 1875 and in the mining of coal in 1875.
Later also engaged in the manufacture of paper and in banking.
County auditor 1880-1887.
Trustee of the public library of Coshocton.
He served as member of the board of education.
He served as president of the Coshocton Board of Trade.
He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1896.
Cassingham was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and Fifty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1905).
He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1904 to the Fifty-ninth Congress.
Reengaged in his former business interests in Coshocton until 1915, when he retired from active pursuits.
He died in Coshocton on March 14, 1930, and was interred in South Lawn Cemetery.Joseph D. Taylor
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Leroy Delano Thoman (July 31, 1851 – April 19, 1909) was an American judge and civil service commissioner.
Thoman was born in Salem, Ohio, July 31, 1851. He was educated in the common schools and became a teacher at the age of sixteen. After five years of teaching, he studied the law and was admitted to the bar. Shortly thereafter, Thoman was appointed Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District of Indiana. In January 1873, he resigned his position and moved to Youngstown, Ohio to practice law there, forming a partnership with Isaac A. Justice. In 1875, he was elected county judge of Mahoning County, and remained on the bench for six years. In 1876, he married Mary E. Cripps, but she died that same year.Thoman became involved with Democratic politics in Ohio and, in 1880, presided over the party's state convention. That same year, he ran for Congress in Ohio's 17th congressional district against William McKinley, but was unsuccessful. He retired from the bench in 1882 and resumed his law practice, representing the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad. The next year, after the passage of the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, President Chester A. Arthur nominated Thoman to be one of three members of the United States Civil Service Commission. He served in that office until 1885. In 1887, he moved to Chicago and worked to bring the World's Fair there. Thoman married again to Florence B. Smith in 1892. They had one daughter, Dorothy, born in 1893. Thoman died at his home in Evanston, Illinois, in 1909.Levi L. Lamborn
Levi Leslie Lamborn (October 10, 1829 – June 14, 1910) was an Ohio doctor, horticulturalist, and politician.
Born in 1829 in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Lamborn was the son of Townsend Lamborn and Anna (Clayton) Lamborn. Townsend Lamborn was involved in local politics and once ran for governor as the nominee of the Anti-Masonic party. The Lamborns were a Quaker family, and Levi was educated in schools of that sect. The family moved to Ohio when Lamborn was a boy and settled in Salem, Ohio. Lamborn decided at the age of fifteen to pursue a career in medicine. After studying under a local doctor, he moved to Philadelphia for additional training, then returned to Ohio to attend lectures at Western Reserve College (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland.After graduating in 1849, Lamborn moved to Alliance, Ohio, and set up a medical practice. That same year, he married Maria Grant. They would have six children, all of whom were given the initials L.L.L. In 1854, he founded the Alliance Ledger, the town's first newspaper, but sold it a few months later. Lamborn became involved in local politics, running for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives as a Free Soil candidate in 1858. He was unsuccessful, but was appointed the clerk of the house from 1859 to 1861. In 1866, he retired from the practice of medicine, but remained active in politics. In 1874, Lamborn ran for a state senate seat, this time as a Democrat. He was not elected, but ran again in 1876, this time for the United States House seat for Ohio's 17th congressional district. Lamborn's opponent in 1876 was his friend William McKinley, the future president, who defeated Lamborn by some 3300 votes.In 1874, Lamborn founded a bank with several associates. He also became a trustee of the State Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb. Although he no longer ran for office after 1876, Lamborn remained a popular speaker on behalf of Democratic candidates in the area. Lamborn was a serious student of horticulture, specifically dealing with breeding carnations. He grew some of the first carnations in the United States in 1866. Before a debate in his 1876 race against McKinley, he gave his opponent a red carnation; after McKinley won, he adopted the flower as a good-luck token for the rest of his career in politics, keeping a vase of them in the White House. In 1892, Lamborn published a book on the subject, "American Carnation Culture".Robert W. Levering
Robert Woodrow Levering (October 3, 1914 – August 11, 1989) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, son-in-law of Usher L. Burdick and brother-in-law of Quentin N. Burdick.Salvatore Pansino
Salvatore Rocco Vincent Pansino is a professor of electrical engineering at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. In 1992, he ran against Congressman Jim Traficant as the Republican candidate in Ohio's 17th congressional district, losing the race.Pansino received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1957, an M.S. in Physics from Franklin & Marshall College in 1961, a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1968, and an LL.B. in law from La Salle Extension. He worked for a while at Babcock & Wilcox, which makes nuclear parts for nuclear industry. He is proudest of his concentric water flow design to filter radioactive particles from water. For a while he worked for Bailey Controls working various projects. He later left the industry to teach which is his passion, compared to dealing with people and projects for companies.
Pansino teaches classes pertaining to Maxwell's Equations, including Electromagnetic Fields 1 and 2 including lab work, Energy Conversions, and Signals and Systems.
On April 27, 2017 Pansino was acknowledged for 35 years of service during the Third Annual STEM Honors Convocation held at Youngstown State University.Thomas Clarke Theaker
Thomas Clarke Theaker (February 4, 1812 – July 16, 1883) was a U. S. Congressman and commissioner of the United States Patent Office.
Theaker was a native of York, Pennsylvania, but moved to Bridgeport, Ohio, in 1830, where he became a wheelwright and machinist. Elected as a Republican to represent the Seventeenth Congressional District of Ohio in the Thirty-Sixth Congress, he failed to win re-election in 1860, but was appointed to a seat on the U.S. Patent Office's Board of Appeals. On August 15, 1865, he was appointed commissioner of the Patent Office, a post he held until his resignation in January 1868.William A. Ashbrook
William Albert Ashbrook (July 1, 1867 – January 1, 1940) was an American businessman, newspaper publisher, and Democratic politician from Ohio.
He was born near Johnstown, Licking County, Ohio, and attended the local public schools. Later, he studied business in Lansing, Michigan.
In 1884 he founded a newspaper, The Johnstown Independent. He also engaged in banking. From 1893 to 1897 he served as postmaster of Johnstown.
He entered politics as a Democrat and won a seat to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1904. In 1906 he was elected to the U.S. House, where he served until he was defeated in the 1920 elections. Returning home, he resumed his newspaper publishing and banking career in Johnstown. He married Marie Swank and they had a son, John M. Ashbrook, in 1928. He ran in a successful comeback campaign for Congress in 1934, and served there until his death.
His son John would later succeed him in that congressional seat from 1961 to 1982 as a Republican.William M. Morgan (congressman)
William Mitchell Morgan (August 1, 1870 – September 17, 1935) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
Born in Brownsville, Ohio, Morgan attended the public schools.
He pursued various occupations until 1898, when he moved to Newark, Ohio.
He was employed as a laborer and later as a musician.
He studied literature and science.
He engaged in agriculture, merchandising, and the wool-buying business.
He was active in organized labor movements, serving as president of the Newark (Ohio) Musicians' Union.
Morgan was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1931).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1930 to the Seventy-second Congress and for election in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress.
He resumed his former business pursuits.
He served as president of the Ohio State Federation of Labor in 1935, resigning the same year to become a member of the state industrial commission, in which he served until his death in Columbus, Ohio, on September 17, 1935.
He was interred in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newark, Ohio.