John Harvey (British Army officer)

Lieutenant-General Sir John Harvey, KCB KCH (23 April 1778 – 22 March 1852) was a British Army officer and a lieutenant governor.

Sir John Harvey

He was commissioned into the 80th Foot in 1794 and served in several different locations, including France, Egypt, and India. He came to Canada in 1813 and served as a lieutenant colonel in the War of 1812, taking part in the British victories at the Battle of Stoney Creek and the Battle of Crysler's Farm in Ontario.

Sir John Harvey, St. Paul's Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

From 1836 to 1837, he was the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island. From 1837 to 1841, he was the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick. From 1841 to 1846, he was the Civil Governor of Newfoundland. From 1846 to 1852, he was the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.


Sir John Harvey, Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Harvey, York County, New Brunswick, founded in 1837 when he was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, is named for him.

Harvey Park in Hamilton, Ontario, is named after him.

Former Harvey Township (now amalgamated with Galway-Cavendish and Harvey Township), Peterborough County, Ontario, is named after him.

There is a monument to him in St. Paul's Church (Halifax). He is buried in Fort Massey Cemetery.

Amelia Clotilda Jennings wrote a poem for him upon his death.[1]

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  1. ^ Linden rhymes [microform]. 1854. ISBN 9780665479328.

Buckner, Phillip (1985). "Harvey, Sir John". In Halpenny, Francess G (ed.). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Vol. VIII (1851–1860) (online ed.). University of Toronto Press.

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Military offices
Preceded by Colonel of the 59th (2nd Nottinghamshire) Regiment of Foot
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant-Governor of Prince Edward Island
Succeeded by
Preceded by Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Newfoundland
Succeeded by
Note: The year after Sir John Harvey had stepped down as governor of Newfoundland and when Sir John Le Marchant was appointed, the colony was administered by Robert Law, a British Army officer.
Preceded by
Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia
The political nature of the office transferred to the Premier of Nova Scotia.
Government offices
New office
Now a mostly ceremonial office.
Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia
Succeeded by