James F. Harvey, a well known attorney and vice president of the Farmers & Traders Bank of Leon, is a native
son of that city, born on the 1st of June, 1877, of the marriage of the late John W. and Emma E. (Eaton) Haney.
A sketch of the father, who was a prominent attorney, judge and banker of Decatur county, occurs elsewhere in this
James F. Harvey was educated in the public and high schools of Leon, the Northwestern Military Academy and the
State University of Iowa, graduating from the law department of the last named institution with the class of 1901.
In that year he was admitted to the bar and formed a partnership with his farther in the practice of law under
the name of John W. Harvey & Son. Since his father's demise he has been alone in practice. He is also connected
with financial interests, as he is vice president of the Farmers & Traders Bank and takes an active part in
the management of the institution. His interests also connect him with other enterprises in the county and he is
a stockholder in the Decatur County Journal. In 1910 he was elected mayor of Leon and for two years served in that
office, doing much in that time for the improvement of the streets and sewers of his city.
In 1908 Mr. Harvey married Miss Josephine Slattery, a daughter of Mrs. Margaret Slattery, of Chicago, and to this
union have been born three children, Florence, Helen and John W.
Mr. Harvey gives his political adherence to the republican party, in the soundness of whose principles he believes.
A prominent member of the Masonic order, he has been master of his lodge and he is also a Knight Templar Mason
and a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. The Leon Commercial Club counts him among its enthusiastic members, he being
president of that organization at the present time, and he is in hearty sympathy with its aims and purpose, believing
that the commercial and business expansion of Leon should be promoted in every way possible. Mr. Harvey is also
a member of the Beta Theta Pi, a well known college fraternity. Like his father before him, he is a conspicuous
figure in the life of his city and is carrying on the family tradition of public spirited devotion to the general
good and of efficient and conscientious performance of duty.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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