John Harvey (Virginia)

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Sir John Harvey (died 1646) [1] [2] was a Crown Governor of Virginia. [3] He was appointed to the position on 26 March 1628 by Charles I of England. [4] In 1635 he was suspended and impeached by the Council of Virginia (who named John West as a temporary replacement), and he returned to England. Charles I restored him to his post [5] in 1636. He returned to Virginia in January 1637 and served until November 1639. The captain, officers, and sailors of the ship that transported the governor to Virginia in 1635 sued in Admiralty court for their pay. [6] His government has been described as tyrannical [7] and Harvey himself has been called "an obnoxious ruler" [8] and was generally held to be unpopular. [9]

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Virginia Governors Council

The Governor's Council was the upper house of the colonial legislature in the Colony of Virginia from 1607 until the American Revolution in 1776. Consisting of 12 men who, after the 1630s were appointed by the British Sovereign, the Governor's Council also served as an advisory body to the Virginia Royal Governor and as the highest judicial body in the colony.

John West was acting colonial Governor of Virginia from 1635 to 1637, the third West brother to serve as Governor.


In 1639 Harvey was replaced as governor by Sir Francis Wyatt. [10]

He owned Boldrup Plantation. [11]

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