Gordon Harry Scherer
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 71st district
In office
January 3, 1965 – December 31, 1972
Preceded byNone (First)
Succeeded byJohn Brandenberg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byCharles H. Elston
Succeeded byCarl West Rich
Personal details
Born(1906-12-26)December 26, 1906
Cincinnati, Ohio
DiedAugust 13, 1988(1988-08-13) (aged 81)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting placeSpring Grove Cemetery
Political partyRepublican
Alma materSalmon P. Chase College of Law

Gordon Harry Scherer (December 26, 1906 – August 13, 1988) was an American lawyer and politician of the Republican party who served five terms as a U.S. representative from Ohio from 1953 to 1963.


Scherer earned a law degree in 1929 from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and practiced law in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1933 to 1941, he worked for the Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor. From 1943 to 1944, he served as Cincinnati's safety director. From 1945 to 1946, Scherer served on the city's planning commission. Scherer was then elected to the Cincinnati city council, on which he served from 1945 to 1949.

In 1952, Scherer stood successfully for election to the U.S. House of Representatives and began serving in 1953 (83rd Congress). He was re-elected in 1954, 1956, 1958, and 1960. He declined to run for election again in 1962, returning to his private law practice. Following his time in Congress, Scherer served four term in the Ohio House of Representatives, from 1965 to 1972. Scherer was a member of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Un-American Activities, (HUAC). Scherer voted present on the Civil Rights Act of 1957,[1] but voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1960.[2]

Scherer served as a delegate from Ohio to the 1964 and 1968 Republican National Convention. He was chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party from 1962 to 1968. From 1970 to 1973, Scherer was a member of the United States National Commission for UNESCO. He was on the executive board of that commission from 1974 to 1975. In 1972, Scherer was appointed the U.S. representative to the United Nations, in which capacity he served from 1972 to 1973. He died in 1988.

See also


  1. ^ "HR 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957". GovTrack.us.
  2. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".

U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byCharles H. Elston Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 1st congressional district 1953-1963 Succeeded byCarl W. Rich