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HARVEY, Peter, merchant, born in Barnet, Vermont, 10 July, 1810; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 27 June, 1877. His father, Alexander Harvey, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and a graduate of Oxford, came to this country to purchase land and make a settlement for a Scottish emigration company. At the age of fifteen the son was apprenticed to David Russell and Co., of Plymouth, New Hampshire, and subsequently he went to Boston, where he engaged in business under the firm of Emerson, Lamb, and Harvey. Later he became a member of Harvey, Page and Co., succeeding James Tufts and Co. He was treasurer of the Rutland railroad, and president of the Kilby bank. At the beginning of the civil war he was a member of the firm of Nourse, Mason and Co., on the dissolution of which he retired from active business. He was originally a Whig, on the dissolution of this party joined the Democratic, but afterward represented a Republican district in Governor Bullock's council. He served in both branches of the Massachusetts legislature, and in 1868 was an unsuccessful candidate for congress. He is principally known for having become intimately acquainted with Daniel Webster, and was perhaps his most trusted friend. He was a founder of the Marshfield club, designed to honor Webster's memory, and author of "Reminiscences and Anecdotes of Daniel Webster" (Boston, 1878).
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