Mayor Harvey Doolittle Colvin Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1873-1875


  • Born December 18, 1815 in Herkimer County, N.Y.
  • Married Miss Nancy Churchill of Little Falls, N.Y., and together they had five children.
  • Worked for 38 years with the United States Express Company
  • After he was injured in a cable car fall, he went to live with his son in Florida.
  • Died April 16, 1892 in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago


  • Andreas, A.T. History of Chicago: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. A.T. Andreas, 1884–86.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
  • "H. D. Colvin is Dead." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 17, 1892, p. 3.
  • Washburne, Hempstead. "Received by Many Friends." Chicago Daily Tribune, April 20, 1892, p. 6.
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