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George Brinton McClellan Harvey

businessman , diplomat , journalist

George Brinton McClellan Harvey was an American diplomat, journalist, author, street railway magnate, and editor of several magazines. He used his great wealth in politics. He was an early promoter of Woodrow Wilson, but they became a bitter enemies. Harvey was a conservative who wanted Washington to protect big business and harass labor unions.


Harvey, George was born on February 16, 1864 in Peacham, Vermont, United States. Son of Duncan and Margaret S. (Varnum) Harvey.


Educated Peacham Academy. Doctor of Laws, University of Nevada, University of Vermont, Middlebury College, Erskine College. Doctor of Letters, (Dartmouth).


Consecutively reporter Springfield Republican, Chicago News, and New York World, 1882-1886. Insurance commissioner of New Jersey, 1890-1891.

Managing editor New York World, 1891-1893. Constructor and president various electric railroads, 1894-1898. Purchased, 1899, and editor 27 years, North American Review.

President Harper & Brothers, 1900-1915. Formerly editor, public Harvey’s Weekly. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Great Britain, April 1921-December 1923.

Colonel and aide-de-camp on staffs of governments Green and Ahbett, of New Jersey, 1885-1892. Honorary colonel and aide-de-camp on staffs of governments Heyward and Ansel, of South Carolina. Trustee Stevens Institute Technology Home: Deal, New Jersey.


Married Alma A. Parker, October 13, 1887.

Duncan Harvey

Margaret S. (Varnum) Harvey

Alma A. Parker