Thomas W. Harvey
State Commissioner of Common Schools





THOMAS W. HARVEY was born December 18, 1821 in New London, New Hampshire. He removed to Ohio in 1833. He attended the common school until fourteen years of age, and was then apprenticed to learn the printer's trade, at which he was engaged for six years.

The most of his academic education was obtained at the Western Reserve Teachers' Seminary, when it was under the managemeut of Dr. A. D. Lord, or while teaching.

He started the Geauga High School, at Chardon, Ohio, in the fall of 1845. He took charge of the Seneca County Academy, at Republic, Ohio, in the fall of 1848, and was elected Superintendent of the Massillon Union Schools in the spring of 1851, of which schools he had charge until September, 1866. He was then elected Superintendent of the Public Schools of Painesville, Ohio. He was elected State Commissioner of Common Schools in the fall of 1871. At present he is filling the vacancy in that office, occasioned by the resignation of Mr. W. D. Henkle. His term of office commences February 15, 1872.

He has been elected Superintendent of the schools of Columbus and Cleveland, but has declined both, choosing, rather, a more limited field of labor.

From:
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872


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