Alexander Miller Harvey

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Alexander Miller Harvey (November 24, 1867 in Richmond, Kentucky – March 9, 1928 in Topeka, Kansas) was a Kansas lawyer, politician, and author.

Political career[edit]

A lawyer from Topeka,[1] Harvey was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kansas in 1896 on the Populist ticket along with John W. Leedy and served from 1897 to 1899.

In 1900 Harvey was again a candidate for lieutenant governor, on a Populist/Democratic/Free Silver Republican fusion ticket with John W. Breidenthal for governor; Breidenthal lost to incumbent governor William E. Stanley by 164,793 votes to 181,893.[2]

In 1904 Harvey was the Democratic Party candidate for US representative from the First District of Kansas; he lost to the Republican Party candidate, future vice president Charles Curtis.[3] In 1914 he lost again to Curtis, in the Republican US Senate primary (Harvey came in a poor fourth).[4]

Legal career[edit]

Harvey was the president of the Topeka Bar Association 1922-3.[5]

Following the conviction of Industrial Workers of the World organizer Harold Fiske under the Kansas Criminal Syndicalism act in late 1923, Harvey was hired to handle the appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court and later to the United States Supreme Court. Harvey, working with his son Randal C. Harvey and Charles L. Carroll, obtained the 1927 Fiske v. Kansas decision freeing Fiske and establishing that state laws must conform to federal freedom of speech rights.[6]

Another prominent case was the two bribery trials, on separate cases, of Governor Jonathan M. Davis in 1925, in which Harvey, fellow Populist Frank Doster, and John Addington obtained acquittals on all charges.[7]

Other activities[edit]

In May 1898 Harvey joined the 22nd Kansas Infantry as a major; the regiment did not see action and was mustered out in November 1898.[8] During his brief time in the service Harvey served in part as a military lawyer, defending a surgeon in his regiment against a charge of grave-robbing.[9] He was active in the National Association of Spanish–American War Veterans, serving as Inspector General in 1903[10]

In 1903 Harvey was one of the leaders of rescue efforts during severe flooding in Topeka, and wrote a short account of his experiences.[11]

Harvey also wrote short stories, a collection with the title Tales and Trails of Wakarusa was published in 1917.


  1. ^ Polk's Kansas State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1912, section "Topeka"
  2. ^ Skyways transcription of Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History..., volume II, Chicago: 1912
  3. ^ World Almanac and Encyclopedia, 1906, p. 480
  4. ^ Nineteenth Biennial Report of the Secretary of State, Kansas Secretary of State, Topeka, 1914, p. 18
  5. ^ Topeka Bar Association awards page (see list of past presidents)
  6. ^ "The Wobblies and Fiske v. Kansas: Victory Amidst Disintegration", Richard C. Cortner, Kansas History, Spring 1981, p. 30-38
  7. ^ "A Populist Survival: Judge Frank Doster in the 1920s", Michael J. Brodhead, Kansas Historical Quarterly, Winter 1968, p. 443-456.
  8. ^ Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, 1912 (transcribed here)
  9. ^ Museum of the Kansas National Guard, reprinting a 1998 article from the Plains Guardian newspaper
  10. ^ 1903 World Almanac, p. 343
  11. ^ History of Shawnee County, Kansas, James Levi King, 1905, Chapter XVII

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
James Armstrong Troutman
Lieutenant Governor of Kansas
Succeeded by
Harry E. Richter