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John Seiberling, 89, former US Rep. & son of Henrietta Seiberling dies

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    John Seiberling, 89, former US Representative & son of Henrietta Seiberling dies Longtime Akron Congressman John F. Seiberling died about 7 a.m. today of
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      John Seiberling, 89, former US Representative
      & son of Henrietta Seiberling dies

      Longtime Akron Congressman John F. Seiberling
      died about 7 a.m. today of respiratory failure
      at his home in Copley.

      Mr. Seiberling, 89, represented the old
      Akron-based 14th Congressional District from
      1971 through 1986. He is considered the man
      responsible for creation of the Cuyahoga Valley
      National Park between Akron and Cleveland in
      1974.

      A liberal New Deal Democrat, he fought for
      wilderness and historic preservation, arms
      control, free trade and world peace, and he
      worked tirelessly in a bipartisan way to get
      things done.

      He was able to provide Akron with a new
      federal courthouse and post office and found
      federal money for many projects, including
      Quaker Square, Akron-Canton Airport and the
      Goodyear Technical Center.

      In Congress, Mr. Seiberling chaired the House
      Interior Committee's public lands and national
      parks subcommittee. He played a key role in
      preserving 129 million acres of wilderness
      and park land, including 54 million acres of
      Alaskan wilderness.

      He also play a critical role in passage of
      the federal surface mining reclamation act in
      1977 and in enlarging the federal Land and
      Water Conservation Fund in 1976. He fought to
      eliminate acid rain.

      In 1974, Mr. Seiberling served on the House
      Judiciary Committee that held the impeachment
      hearings against President Richard M. Nixon,
      leading to his resignation.

      It was Mr. Seiberling's opposition to the
      Vietnam War that spurred the 17-year corporate
      attorney for Goodyear to run for Congress.
      While at Goodyear, he sided with union workers,
      taking a leave of absence rather than cross
      their picket lines.

      He married Elizabeth ''Betty'' Behr in 1949.
      They have three sons: John B., David and
      Stephen, and a grandson, Evan.

      A memorial service for Mr. Seiberling will be
      held in late August or early September.

      By Bob Downing
      Beacon Journal staff writer
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