James M. Harvey (politician)
|James M. Harvey|
|5th Governor of Kansas|
January 11, 1869 – January 13, 1873
|Lieutenant||Charles Vernon Eskridge
Peter Percival Elder
|Preceded by||Nehemiah Green|
|Succeeded by||Thomas A. Osborn|
September 21, 1833|
Monroe County, Virginia
|Died||April 15, 1894
Riley County, Kansas
|Spouse(s)||Charlotte Richardson Cutter|
|Profession||civil engineer, soldier, surveyor, farmer|
|Years of service||1861–1864|
|Unit||4th Kansas Volunteer Infantry
10th Kansas Volunteer Infantry
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
|United States Senator from Kansas|
February 1874 – March 1877
|Preceded by||Alexander Caldwell|
|Succeeded by||Preston B. Plumb|
Harvey became a civil engineer and headed west as a prospector to Pike's Peak in 1859 as a Fifty-Niner. After meeting several discouraged miners along the way, Harvey decided to settle instead in Kansas Territory, so he acquired a plot of land in Riley County near Fort Riley and engaged in agricultural pursuits. From 1861 to 1864, he served with the Union Army during the Civil War, advancing to the rank of captain in the 4th Kansas Infantry, which failed to complete organization and was consolidated with other recruits to form the 10th Kansas Infantry. He attained the rank of Captain, commanding the 14th Regiment, Kansas State Militia.
Harvey was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, 1865–1866, and then elected to the Kansas Senate in 1867–1868. He was Governor of Kansas for two terms, serving from 1868 to 1872, and then elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alexander Caldwell, where he served from February 2, 1874, to March 3, 1877.
After his U.S. Senate term, Harvey worked as a government surveyor in New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and Oklahoma, before returning to Kansas in 1890 to resume agricultural pursuits. Harvey County, Kansas was named for him.
- "James M. Harvey". Find A Grave. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- "James M. Harvey". National Governors Association. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
- Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc.. Standard Publishing Company. p. 813.
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- James Madison Harvey biography from "Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc.", 1912
- James Madison Harvey biography from "A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans", 1918
- "James M. Harvey". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
- National Governors Association
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