Matthew Harvey

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Matthew Harvey
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Judge of the
United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
In office
1830–1866
Appointed by Andrew Jackson
Preceded by John Samuel Sherburne
Succeeded by Daniel Clark
13th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 3, 1830 – February 28, 1831
Preceded by Benjamin Pierce
Succeeded by Samuel Dinsmoor
Member of U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1825
Preceded by Clifton Clagett
Succeeded by Nehemiah Eastman
President of the New Hampshire Senate
In office
1825–1827
Member of the New Hampshire Senate
Speaker of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1818–1820
Preceded by Henry B. Chase
Succeeded by Ichabod Bartlett
Member of the
New Hampshire House of Representatives
Personal details
Born (1781-06-21)June 21, 1781
Sutton, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died April 7, 1866(1866-04-07) (aged 84)
Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Resting place Old North Cemetery
Political party Republican
Relations Jonathan Harvey
Parents Matthew Harvey
Hannah Hadley Harvey
Alma mater Dartmouth College, 1806
Profession Lawyer
Politician

Matthew Harvey (June 21, 1781 – April 7, 1866) was an American lawyer and politician from New Hampshire. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and as the 13th governor of New Hampshire. He was a long serving United States federal judge.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Sutton, New Hampshire, Harvey studied with private tutors. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806, read law and was admitted to the bar in 1809.[1] He began the practice of law in Hopkinton, New Hampshire in 1809 and practiced there until 1814.[2]

Political career[edit]

Harvey was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1814 to 1821, serving as Speaker of the State House from 1818 to 1820.[3] He was a member of the New Hampshire Senate and President from 1825 to 1827.[4]

Elected as a Democratic-Republican, Harvey represented New Hampshire in the United States House of Representatives from March 4, 1821 to March 4, 1825, during the Seventeenth U.S. Congress and the Eighteenth U.S. Congress. He was then a member of the New Hampshire Senate from 1825 to 1827, and a member of the New Hampshire Executive Council from 1828 to 1829.[5]

Harvey served one abbreviated term as Governor of New Hampshire, beginning in 1830.[6][7] On November 2, 1830, Harvey received a recess appointment from President Andrew Jackson to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire vacated by John Samuel Sherburne.[8] Formally nominated on December 14, 1830, Harvey was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1830, and received his commission the same day. Harvey resigned as governor on February 28, 1831. He remained on the bench until his death in Concord in 1866,[9] and is buried there at the Old North Cemetery.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Harvey was the son of Matthew and Hannah (Hadley) Harvey.[11] Harvey's brother, Jonathan Harvey was also a member of the US House of Representatives.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dartmouth College. Alumni Association (1881). Memorials of Judges Recently Deceased, Graduates of Dartmouth College. 1880. Republican Press association. p. 31. 
  2. ^ "Judges of the District Court". New Hampshire US Courts. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Benton, Josiah Henry (1894), Influence of the Bar in Our State and Federal Government: Annual Address before the Southern New Hampshire Bar Association, Feb. 23, 1894, Boston, Massachusetts: Josiah Henry Benton, p. 60. 
  4. ^ Benton, Josiah Henry (1894), Influence of the Bar in Our State and Federal Government: Annual Address before the Southern New Hampshire Bar Association, Feb. 23, 1894, Boston, Massachusetts: Josiah Henry Benton, p. 61. 
  5. ^ Lanman, Charles (1876). Biographical Annals of the Civil Government of the United States: During Its First Century. From Original and Official Sources. J. Anglim. p. 191. 
  6. ^ New Hampshire. General Court. Senate (1829). Journal of the Senate and House. New Hampshire. General Court. Senate. p. 19. 
  7. ^ "Publications - A Guide to Likenesses of New Hampshire Officials and Governors on Public Display at the Legislative Office Building and the State House Concord, New Hampshire, to 1998". New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Andrew (1992). The Papers of Andrew Johnson: February-July 1866. Univ. of Tennessee Press. p. 405. 
  9. ^ Chase, Salmon Portland and Niven, John (1993). The Salmon P. Chase Papers. Kent State University Press. p. 496. 
  10. ^ Spencer, Thomas E. (1998). Where They're Buried: A Directory Containing More Than Twenty Thousand Names of Notable Persons Buried in American Cemeteries, with Listings of Many Prominent People who Were Cremated. Genealogical Publishing Com,. p. 222. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Harvey. Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Benjamin, Walter Romeyn (1903). The Collector: A Monthly Magazine for Autograph and Historical Collectors, Volume 16, Issue 10. W. R. Benjamin Autographs. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clifton Clagett
Member of the House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's At-large (Seat 2) congressional district

1823–1825
Succeeded by
Nehemiah Eastman
Political offices
Preceded by
Benjamin Pierce
Governor of New Hampshire
1830–February 28, 1831
Succeeded by
Samuel Dinsmoor
Preceded by
Henry B. Chase
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
29th New Hampshire General Court

1818-1820
Succeeded by
Ichabod Bartlett