William Hope "Coin" Harvey

Huntington Advertiser
February 12, 1936

Harvey's Funeral To Be In Arkansas

Son of Widely Known Former Huntington Resident Leaves for Services

Huntington was saddened today by news of the death last night at his home in Monte Ne, Ark., of William H. ("Coin") Harvey, one of Huntington's most distinguished early residents.

The economist and politician, who was one of the advocates of the democratic party's famous 16-to-1 free silver plank in the early nineties, was stricken recently with peritonitis following intestinal influenza, and died at 9:30 o'clock last night at the age of 85.

Mr. Harvey started his career in Huntington, practicing law with his brother, the late Judge Thomas H. Harvey, in the very early history of the city.

Son Leaves For Rites

He built and lived in a residence at 1305 Third avenue, now owned by Mrs. W. O. Sydnor. The home has been admired for more than a generation for its beauty of design.

Thomas W. Harvey, his son, left for Monte Ne early this morning to attend funeral services, the time of which has not been announced. His daughter, Miss Annette Harvey, of Huntington, will be unable, she said today, to attend the service. Miss Harvey resides with her mother, Mrs. Anna Harvey, who was Mr. Harvey's first wife.

Burial At Pyramid

Other surviving relatives include Harry H. Harvey, of Huntington, his nephew, and Mrs. Hope Hammond Halliday, of New York, his daughter.

Mr. Harvey's body will be buried under the extraordinary pyramid of concrete which he erected at his Monte Ne estate as a memorial to what he believed to be a dying civilization.

Mr. Harvey achieved nation-wide attention on several occasions, but reached his peak during the decades just before and after the turn of the Twentieth century.

Sees Civilization's Fall

A book, "Coin's Financial School," published in 1894, was widely read. He later campaigned with William Jennings Bryan against McKinley.

Convinced from his study of earlier civilizations and their down-fall that the present era would be destroyed by "its greed for power and money," Mr. Harvey fifteen years ago began building a pyramid at Monte Ne that he planned as a historical monument. It never was finished.

He organized the Liberty party in 1931 and as its candidate campaigned for president in the middle west in 1932.

A native of Buffalo, Putnam county, W. Va., Mr. Harvey was educated at Buffalo academy and Marshall college. After practicing law in Huntington from 1871 to 1874 he married Miss Anna R. Halliday in 1876.

They were divorced in 1929, when Mr. Harvey was 78.

He moved from Colorado to Monte Ne, a quiet retreat on the White river in the heart of the Ozarks, in 1900.

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