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Contributed bySandra Sanchez
The subject of this sketch is a popular and influential citizen of Troy Mills, where he has successfully engaged in mercantile business for fifteen years. He is a native of this county born on the 21 st. of September 1844, and is the son of Henry Harrison and Rachael(Ellis) Harvey. In their family of five children, he was the third in order of birth, and only himself and sister, Mrs. John Pugh of Troy Mills, are now living.

The father died when our subject was quite young. Mr. Harvey was reared and educated in this county, and at the age of twenty years started out to make his own way in the world. For some time he worked at La Fayette. On the 29th of October 1886, he came to Troy Mills, where in partnership with James Breydon he purchased the store of Worth Jackson. Subsequently he bought his partners interest in the business and now conducts the store alone. He carries a large and well-selected stock of general merchandise, and by fair and honorable dealings has built up an excellent trade. He also owns a farm which is devoted to stock raising, and is engaged in the butcher business, conducting a market in connection with his store.

When the country became involved in Civil War, Mr. Harvey enlisted in August 1862, in Company A., Twenty first Iowa Volunteer Infantry, and was in active service for three years, taking part in the siege of Vicksburg, and the celebrated march to the sea under the command of General Sherman. When the war was over and his services were no longer needed , he was mustered out at Davenport Iowa July 3, 1865. He is now a prominent member of Orwein Post, No. 509, G.A.R. in which he has held the offices of quartermaster and commander, and he also belongs to the Masonic Lodge at Walker. He was always affiliated with the Republican Part since he cast his first Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln, and takes a deep and commendable interest in public affairs. He has served as trustee of his township for several years, and in all the varied relations of life has been found true to every trust reposed in him.
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