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
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
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
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