Del Latta

U.S. Congressperson

Delbert Leroy "Del" Latta (born March 5, 1920) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives. Latta was a Republican from Ohio. Latta was born in Weston, Ohio, the son of Bessie Viola (née Thompson) and Lester Leroy Latta. He attended public schools in North Baltimore, Ohio and entered college at Ohio Northern University. Latta served in the United States Army from 1938 to 1941. In 1944, he set up his own private law firm in Bowling Green, Ohio. Latta was a Republican member of Ohio State Senate in 1953 to 1958. From 1959 to 1989 he served as a U.S. Representative from the Ohio 5th district. In 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1996 he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Ohio. A powerful member of the House of Representatives during his tenure, Latta was rumored to be one of the last two or three names on President Richard Nixon's post-Spiro T. Agnew vice-presidential shortlist. Latta's close association with Nixon, even during the impeachment hearings, brought him national criticism, although he remained popular in his district. Latta was known for being very in tune with the happenings of his district and for frequently visiting many small towns  ( Wikipedia article )


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Ohio Northern University

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