Lorenzo D. Harvey

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Lorenzo D. Harvey
Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin
In office
Personal details
Born 1848
Deerfield, New Hampshire
Died 1922
Political party Republican
Alma mater Milton College
Profession Educator, Politician, Jurist

Lorenzo Dow Harvey (1848–1922) was an American educator who served as Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin in the late 1880s and early 1900s.

Early life and career[edit]

Harvey was born in Deerfield, New Hampshire,[1] and moved with his parents to Wisconsin in 1850, settling in Fulton, Wisconsin.[2] Harvey earned his bachelor's degree from Milton College in 1872, and earned his master's degree from Milton in 1876.[3]

Harvey served as principal of Mazomanie High School in Mazomanie, Wisconsin from 1873-1875, and from 1875-1880 served as principal of Sheboygan High School in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 1880, Harvey was admitted to the bar.

He moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1885 to serve as conductor of institutes and professor of political economy at the Oshkosh Normal School. Harvey served as president of the Wisconsin State Normal School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 1892-1898.[4] He was president of the Wisconsin Teachers' Association from 1890 to 1891.

Political career[edit]

Harvey was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1898 and served two terms from 1899-1903.[5][6] He was defeated for renomination in 1902, and moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin where he served as superintendent of the public school system from 1903-1908.[7] In 1908 he was named president of the Stout Institute at Menomonie in Menomonie, Wisconsin, which would later become the University of Wisconsin-Stout.[8] Harvey served as president until his death in 1922. He was a member of the National Education Association, and served as vice president from 1908 to 1909.[9] and president 1909-1910 [10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swett, John (1911). Public Education in California: Its Origin and Development, with Personal Reminiscences of Half a Century. American Book Company. p. 279. 
  2. ^ "Harvey, Lorenzo Dow 1848 - 1922". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2011-11-16. 
  3. ^ The Sabbath Recorder. George B. Utter. 1917. p. 11. 
  4. ^ The first half century of the Oshkosh Normal School (1921). The University of Wisconsin Collection. p. 9. 
  5. ^ Buenker, John D. (2013). The Progressive Era, 1893-1914. Wisconsin Historical Society. p. 363. 
  6. ^ Wisconsin Blue Book, 1919. Legislative Reference Bureau. 1919. p. 213. 
  7. ^ Primary Education, Volume 13. Educational Publishing Company. 1905. p. 297. 
  8. ^ The Sabbath Recorder. George B. Utter. 1917. p. 11. 
  9. ^ Yearbook and List of Active Members of the National Education Association. The Association. 1910. p. 12. 
  10. ^ Proceedings of Fourteenth Annual COnvention of the National Association of Manufacturers. The Association. 1909. p. 29.