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Col. John Harvey

Birthplace: North Carolina
Death: between April 15, 1775 and May 12, 1775 (50-51)
Perquimans County, North Carolina (Died of a fall from a horse.)
Place of Burial: Perquimans County, NC, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Thomas Harvey, Jr. and Elizabeth Harvey
Husband of Mary Harvey
Father of Thomas Harvey; John Harvey, Jr.; Miles Harvey; James Harvey; Henry Harvey and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Harvey; Benjamin Harvey and Col. Miles Harvey
Half brother of Edward Salter; Hannah Blount; Sarah Salter; Mary Salter and Susannah Salter

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About Col. John Harvey

John Harvey (December 11, 1724–May 3, 1775) was a legislative leader in the Province of North Carolina and subsequently a leader in the creation of the revolutionary movement in the province.

Life story

From 1766 through 1769 and from 1773 through 1775, Harvey, a resident of Perquimans County, was the Speaker of the Province of North Carolina House of Burgesses.

While still serving as Speaker, Harvey served as moderator, or president, of the first and second North Carolina Provincial Congresses (1774 and 1775). The first congress, for which Harvey had distributed handbills urging people to elect delegates, was supposedly "the first popular assembly anywhere in America, called by the people and held in the presence of the king's officers, in direct disobedience to British authority." At the first congress, he represented Onslow County, while at the second, he was a delegate from Perquimans County, where he actually lived. He died sometime between April and August 1775.

During World War II, the Liberty Ship SS John Harvey was built, in his honor, at a shipyard in Wilmington, North Carolina.

See also Dictionary of North Carolina Biography biography of Harvey, John by Martin Reidinger, 1988

His DAR Ancestor # is A052105.

Harvey family genealogies:

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Col. John Harvey's Timeline

North Carolina
July 31, 1746
October 3, 1747
Perquimans County, NC, United States
April 15, 1775
Age 51
Perquimans County, North Carolina