Matthew Harvey
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
In office
November 2, 1830 – April 7, 1866
Appointed byAndrew Jackson
Preceded byJohn Samuel Sherburne
Succeeded byDaniel Clark
13th Governor of New Hampshire
In office
June 3, 1830 – February 28, 1831
Preceded byBenjamin Pierce
Succeeded byJoseph M. Harper (acting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byClifton Clagett
Succeeded byNehemiah Eastman
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
In office
1818–1820
Preceded byHenry B. Chase
Succeeded byIchabod Bartlett
Personal details
Born
Matthew Harvey

(1781-06-21)June 21, 1781
Sutton, New Hampshire
DiedApril 7, 1866(1866-04-07) (aged 84)
Concord, New Hampshire
Resting placeOld North Cemetery
Concord, New Hampshire
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Democratic
RelativesJonathan Harvey
Augusta Harvey Worthen
EducationDartmouth College
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Matthew Harvey (June 21, 1781 – April 7, 1866) was a United States Representative from New Hampshire, the 13th governor of New Hampshire and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Education and career

Born on June 21, 1781, in Sutton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire,[1] Harvey studied under private tutors, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1806, and read law in 1809.[2] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Hopkinton, New Hampshire from 1809 to 1814.[3] He was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 1814 to 1821, serving as Speaker for three terms, from 1818 to 1820.[4]

Congressional service

Harvey was elected as a Democratic-Republican from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 17th United States Congress and reelected as a National Republican to the 18th United States Congress, serving from March 4, 1821, to March 3, 1825.[5]

Because of Harvey’s 14-inch club foot on his right leg, fellow Congressmen ironically nicknamed him “Lefty”.

Later career

Harvey was a member of the New Hampshire Senate from 1825 to 1827, serving as President.[6] He was a member of the Executive Council of New Hampshire from 1828 to 1829.[1] He was the 13th Governor of New Hampshire from 1830, until his resignation on February 28, 1831, to accept a federal judicial appointment.[7][8]

Federal judicial service

Harvey received a recess appointment from President Andrew Jackson on November 2, 1830, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire vacated by Judge John S. Sherburne.[9] He was nominated to the same position by President Jackson on December 14, 1830.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1830, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on April 7, 1866, due to his death in Concord, New Hampshire.[10] He was interred in Old North Cemetery in Concord.[11]

Family

Harvey was the son of Matthew and Hannah (Hadley) Harvey.[12] Harvey was the brother of Jonathan Harvey, also a United States Representative from New Hampshire.[13]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Matthew Harvey at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Dartmouth College. Alumni Association (1881). Memorials of Judges Recently Deceased, Graduates of Dartmouth College. 1880. Republican Press association. p. 31.
  3. ^ "Judges of the District Court". New Hampshire US Courts. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  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. 60
  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. matthew Harvey was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 16, 1830.
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ New Hampshire. General Court. Senate (1829). Journal of the Senate and House. New Hampshire. General Court. Senate. p. 19.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Johnson, Andrew (1992). The Papers of Andrew Johnson: February-July 1866. Univ. of Tennessee Press. p. 405. ISBN 9780870497643.
  10. ^ Chase, Salmon Portland and Niven, John (1993). The Salmon P. Chase Papers. Kent State University Press. p. 496. ISBN 9780873384728.
  11. ^ 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. ISBN 9780806348230.
  12. ^ Jonathan Harvey. Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. 1905. p. 143. Retrieved 3 January 2014. who was father of Jonathan and Matthew Harvey, representatives of New Hampshire?.
  13. ^ Benjamin, Walter Romeyn (1903). The Collector: A Monthly Magazine for Autograph and Historical Collectors, Volume 16, Issue 10. W. R. Benjamin Autographs.

Sources

Party political offices Preceded byBenjamin Pierce Democratic nominee for Governor of New Hampshire 1830 Succeeded bySamuel Dinsmoor U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byClifton Clagett United States Representative from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district 1821–1825 Succeeded byNehemiah Eastman Political offices Preceded byHenry B. Chase Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the 29th New Hampshire General Court 1818–1820 Succeeded byIchabod Bartlett Preceded byBenjamin Pierce Governor of New Hampshire 1830–1831 Succeeded byJoseph M. HarperActing Legal offices Preceded byJohn Samuel Sherburne Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire 1830–1866 Succeeded byDaniel Clark