David Archibald Harvey

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David Archibald Harvey
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Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Territory of Oklahoma's At-large district
In office
November 4, 1890 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by Dennis T. Flynn
Personal details
Born March 20, 1845 (1845-03-20)
Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died May 24, 1916 (1916-05-25) (aged 71)
Hope, Eddy County, New Mexico
Citizenship  United States
Political party Republican
Alma mater Miami University in Oxford, Ohio


Military service
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Unit Company B of the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

David Archibald Harvey (March 20, 1845 – May 24, 1916) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma Territory and the first person to represent Oklahoma at the federal level.

Early life[edit]

Harvey was born in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, Canada, on March 20, 1845.[1] He moved with his parents to Clermont County, Ohio, in 1852, and attended public schools in Point Isabel, a part of Washington Township.[2]


When the American Civil War broke out in 1861, Harvey joined the Union army and enlisted in Company B of the 4th Ohio Cavalry Regiment in September 1861.[2] Harvey served throughout the Civil War.

Following the end of the war, Harvey attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he studied law.[1] He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1868 and commenced practice in Topeka, Kansas, in 1869. He served as Topeka's City Attorney from 1871 to 1881, and Judge of Probate from 1881 to 1889.

With the opening of Oklahoma Territory in 1889, Harvey moved to Wyandotte. He was elected as a Republican to represent Oklahoma Territory in the United States House of Representatives.[1] He served in the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses from November 4, 1890, to March 3, 1893.[3] Harvey introduced the "Harvey Bill" in 1892 that called for Oklahoma statehood.[1] The House Committee on Territories blocked the bill.[1] He was unsuccessful in his candidacy for reelection in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress.

After leaving Congress, he resumed practicing law, and represented the Indian tribes of northeast Oklahoma and the Cayugas in New York. He resided in Miami, Oklahoma, and later lived on a farm that was part of the Wyandotte Nation in Oklahoma, near Seneca, Missouri on the Oklahoma-Missouri border, which had been given to him in consideration for representing their interests.[4]


Harvey traveled to Hope, New Mexico in 1916 in an effort to restore his health. He died there on May 24, 1916 (age 71 years, 65 days).[5][6] He is interred at Seneca Cemetery in Seneca, Missouri.[7]


In 1881 Harvey married Mary Crapsey of Cincinnati, Ohio.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Wilson, Linda D. "Harvey, David (1845-1916)," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture Archived May 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. (accessed May 10, 2010).
  2. ^ a b Harvey, David Archibald, Congressional Biography (accessed May 28, 2010).
  3. ^ "David Archibald Harvey". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  4. ^ James Shannon Buchanan, Chronicles of Oklahoma, 1957, page 46
  5. ^ Eufala Democrat, Death Notice, David A. Harvey, June 9, 1916
  6. ^ Artesia, NM Historical and Genealogical Society, Funeral Home Records, Eddy County NM - Jan 8, 1910 to Mar 11, 1918, Book One, Records extracted by Kay Peterson, Typing by Fern Wilson - 1986, Submittal to US Gen Web Archives by Patti Pennington - 1999, entry 229
  7. ^ "David Archibald Harvey". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Cincinnati Enquirer, Marriage Notice, David A. Harvey and Mary Crapsey, March 5, 1881

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma Territory

November 4, 1890 – March 3, 1893
Succeeded by
Dennis Thomas Flynn