J. William Ditter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1933 – November 21, 1943
Preceded byFrederick William Magrady
Succeeded bySamuel K. McConnell, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1888-09-05)September 5, 1888
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedNovember 21, 1943(1943-11-21) (aged 55)
Columbia, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican

John William Ditter (September 5, 1888 – November 21, 1943) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania.


J. William Ditter was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the law department of Temple University in Philadelphia in 1913. He worked as a professor of history and commerce in Philadelphia high schools from 1912 to 1925. In 1925 he moved to Ambler, Pennsylvania, and commenced the practice of law. He served as workmen's compensation referee for eastern Pennsylvania in 1929.

Ditter was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-third from the 17th District of Pennsylvania and to the five succeeding Congresses. During his years in Washington, Ditter served on the House Committee on Appropriations. He also was a member of the subcommittee on Navy Department appropriation bills, and at the time of his death was ranking minority member. He served until his death in an airplane crash near Columbia, Pennsylvania. He is buried in Whitemarsh Memorial Cemetery in Prospectville, Pennsylvania.


USS J. William Ditter (DM-31) was named for him.

See also


  • United States Congress. "J. William Ditter (id: D000363)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-18
  • The Political Graveyard
  • This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Frederick W. Magrady
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 17th congressional district

Succeeded by
Samuel K. McConnell, Jr.