Louis P. Harvey

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Louis P. Harvey
Louis P. Harvey.jpg
7th Governor of Wisconsin
In office
January 6, 1862 – April 19, 1862
Lieutenant Edward Salomon
Preceded by Alexander W. Randall
Succeeded by Edward Salomon
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
In office
Succeeded by James Lewis
Member of the Wisconsin State Senate
In office
Personal details
Born Louis Powell Harvey
(1820-07-22)July 22, 1820
East Haddam, Connecticut, U.S.
Died April 19, 1862(1862-04-19) (aged 41)
Savannah, Tennessee, U.S.
Resting place Forest Hill Cemetery
Madison, Wisconsin
Political party Whig
Spouse(s) Cordelia A. Perrine Harvey
Profession Teacher

Louis Powell Harvey (July 22, 1820 – April 19, 1862) was an American politician and the seventh Governor of Wisconsin.

Early life[edit]

Harvey was born in East Haddam, Connecticut, and moved with his family to Ohio in 1828.[1] He attended Western Reserve College and Preparatory School. He worked as a teacher for a time, and eventually moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin, then named Southport, where he founded an academy. In Southport he associated with the Whig Party and edited a Whig newspaper, the Southport American (1843–1846).


In 1847, Harvey married Cordelia Perrine and they moved to Clinton in Rock County, Wisconsin, then to the nearby hamlet of Shopiere. He helped organize the Republican Party and was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Senate from 1854 to 1858, Wisconsin Secretary of State from 1860 to 1862, and finally Wisconsin's governor in 1862.

In April 1862, having served only a few months as governor, Harvey organized an expedition to bring medical supplies to Wisconsin troops, wounded in the Battle of Shiloh, who were being cared for in hospital boats on the Mississippi and Tennessee Rivers. Harvey visited and cheered troops at Cairo, Illinois, Mound City, Illinois and Paducah, Kentucky.


Cordelia A. P. Harvey, wife of Louis P. Harvey and First Lady of Wisconsin

On April 19, 1862, close to Shiloh, Harvey stopped overnight near Savannah, Tennessee. Late that evening, while trying to step from a tethered boat to a moving steamboat headed back north (a common but dangerous practice), Harvey fell into the Tennessee River and drowned, despite the strenuous rescue efforts of members of his party.

His body was found 14 days later, 65 miles downstream; his remains lay in state in the Wisconsin State Capitol, and he was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, in Madison. His wife Cordelia became a leading war nurse, honored with the rank of colonel by Abraham Lincoln.[2][3] She subsequently established veterans hospitals in Wisconsin, away from the war front, and a soldiers' orphans home.[4] He is interred at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin.

Lieutenant Governor Edward Salomon succeeded Harvey.


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Political offices
Preceded by
David Jones
Secretary of State of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
James Lewis
Preceded by
Alexander Randall
Governor of Wisconsin
Succeeded by
Edward Salomon