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HARVIE, John, statesman, born in Gargunnock, Scotland; died in Richmond, Virginia, 6 February, 1807. He emigrated to Virginia in early manhood, and settled in Albemarle county, he was a lawyer of ability, and speedily attained a large practice, thus laying the basis of subsequent wealth. In 1774 he was appointed by the general assembly of Virginia, with Dr. Thomas Walker, the Kentucky explorer, a commissioner to treat with the western Indians, after their defeat at Point Pleasant on 10 October of that year by Andrew Lavis. He represented West Augusta county in the Virginia conventions of 1775 and 1776, was elected a member of congress, 22 May, 1777, for one year, and re-elected, 29 May, 1777, to serve for one year from 11 August He was later a faithful and efficient purchasing agent for the state, with the provisional rank of colonel, and "was sent by the Virginia assembly on an important mission to the American army." He was register of the land office of Virginia, which he organized in 1780-'91, and was commissioned secretary of the commonwealth, 19 May, 1788, but how long he served in this capacity does not appear. He was an enterprising citizen of Richmond, and erected several buildings, that have been long familiar to its citizens, among them the noted Gainble house, which was subsequently owned by the Revolutionary veteran, Major Robert Gamble, from which Gamble's Hill takes its name. Colonel Harvie, in superintending the building of this mansion, met with his death by a fall from a ladder.
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