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Interesting Fact:

Havey was a member of the group that organized the Republican Party in 1854.

Study Questions:

  • What were the primary issues that confronted Harvey while he was governor?
  • What business opportunities did Harvey find in Clinton and Waterloo?
  • Why do you think Harvey felt compelled to deliver supplies personally to the Wisconsin troops in Tennessee?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on July 22:

    1933: Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world, taking seven days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
    1934: Bank robber John Dillinger is killed by federal agents in Chicago.

  • July 22

    Wisconsin's Governors

    July 22, 1820: Louis P. Harvey, the seventh governor of Wisconsin, was born on July 22, 1820 in Connecticut. In 1841, Harvey moved to Southport (Kenosha) where he opened a school. He moved to Clinton and Waterloo to follow business pursuits. Harvey was elected to the state Senate in 1854 and served until 1857 and was elected secretary of state in 1859. He held that office for two years prior to becoming governor in 1861. Harvey served for only 100 days, drowning in the Tennessee River while he was returning home after delivering supplies to Wisconsin troops.

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