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Russell James Harvey (July 4, 1922 – July 20, 2019) usually known as James Harvey, was a United States Representative from Michigan and an inactive Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.[1]

R. James Harvey
R. James Harvey.jpg
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
March 31, 1984 – July 20, 2019
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
In office
December 19, 1973 – March 31, 1984
Appointed byRichard Nixon
Preceded byRalph M. Freeman
Succeeded byRichard Fred Suhrheinrich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1961 – January 31, 1974
Preceded byAlvin M. Bentley
Succeeded byBob Traxler
Mayor of Saginaw
In office
April 8, 1957 – April 13, 1959
Preceded byMaurice E. Brown
Succeeded byR. Dewey Stearns
Personal details
Russell James Harvey

(1922-07-04)July 4, 1922
Iron Mountain, Michigan, U.S.
DiedJuly 20, 2019(2019-07-20) (aged 97)
Naples, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationUniversity of Michigan Law School (J.D.)

Education and careerEdit

Harvey was born in Iron Mountain; his mother and paternal grandparents were immigrants from England.[2] He enrolled in the University of Michigan in 1940, but interrupted his studies in 1942 to serve in the United States Army Air Forces for three years. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948, was admitted to the bar, and commenced the practice of law in Saginaw, Michigan in 1949. He was assistant city attorney from 1949 to 1953, a city councilman and a member of the Saginaw County board of supervisors from 1955 to 1957. He was mayor of Saginaw from 1957 to 1959.[3]

Congressional serviceEdit

In 1960, with the help of campaign manager Emil Lockwood,[4] Harvey was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 8th congressional district to the 87th United States Congress. He was subsequently re-elected to the six succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1961 to January 31, 1974. He resigned on January 31, 1974.[5]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Harvey was nominated by President Richard Nixon on December 5, 1973, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan vacated by Judge Ralph M. Freeman. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 13, 1973, and received his commission on December 19, 1973. He assumed senior status due to a certified disability on March 31, 1984.[3] He took inactive senior status in 2002.[5]

Harvey died in Naples, Florida on July 20, 2019, aged 97.[6]


  1. ^ "James Harvey, 97, Former Congress Member And U.S. Judge, Dies". Gongwer News Service. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  2. ^ "United States Census, 1930", FamilySearch, retrieved March 19, 2018
  3. ^ a b James Harvey at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  4. ^ Fedewa, Stanley C. and Marilyn H., MAN IN MOTION: Michigan's Legendary Senate Majority Leader, Emil Lockwood (Llumina/MSU Press, 2003), 64
  5. ^ a b United States Congress. "R. James Harvey (id: H000306)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  6. ^ "James Harvey -mayor, congressman, judge - dies at 97". WEYI. 2019-07-23. Retrieved 2019-07-24.