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Matthew Harvey

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Matthew Harvey
Matthew Harvey New Hampshire Governor.jpg
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 bySamuel Dinsmoor
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
Preceded byHenry B. Chase
Succeeded byIchabod Bartlett
Personal details
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
National Republican
RelativesJonathan Harvey
Augusta Harvey Worthen
EducationDartmouth College
read law

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]

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][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]


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]


  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.
  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. ^ a b New Hampshire. General Court. Senate (1829). Journal of the Senate and House. New Hampshire. General Court. Senate. p. 19.
  8. ^ a b "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.
  10. ^ Chase, Salmon Portland and Niven, John (1993). The Salmon P. Chase Papers. Kent State University Press. p. 496.
  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.
  12. ^ Jonathan Harvey. Memorial Biographies of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  13. ^ Benjamin, Walter Romeyn (1903). The Collector: A Monthly Magazine for Autograph and Historical Collectors, Volume 16, Issue 10. W. R. Benjamin Autographs.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Clifton Clagett
United States Representative from New Hampshire's at-large congressional district
Succeeded by
Nehemiah Eastman
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry B. Chase
Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives for the 29th New Hampshire General Court
Succeeded by
Ichabod Bartlett
Preceded by
Benjamin Pierce
13th Governor of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Samuel Dinsmoor
Legal offices
Preceded by
John Samuel Sherburne
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
Succeeded by
Daniel Clark
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