Coin Harvey


William Hope Harvey (1851-1936) was a writer whose economic theories once entralled thousands of readers. He also ran for president of the United States in 1932 as a third-party candidate.

The man whose nickname "Coin" came from his theory for the free coinage of silver, was born in the town of Buffalo, in Putnam County in what is now West Virginia.

He studied at Marshall College, practiced law, and interested himself in monetary problems. He was a vigorous advocate of bimetallism at the time the argument over coinage of silver was at its height.

His Coin's Financial School, published in 1894, attempted to explain the money question in simple terms. Harvey's sturdy pamphleteering had great influence on the Populist party. His demand for free coinage of silver was given full expression when William Jennings Bryan ran for President in 1896.

In fact, Bryan's famous "Cross of Gold" speech in 1896 embodied Harvey's ideas. Among Harvey's other works are Coin on Money, Trusts, and Imperialism (1899) and The Remedy (1915).

To read more about Coin's Financial School, Harvey's famous first book, click the button at the left or just click here.
Charleston Daily Mail columnist Dave Peyton has joined in the call to action to save this historic Huntington, W.Va., landmark. To read a copy of Dave's Feb. 9, 2004, column, click the button at the left or just click here.
During the first two decades of the 20th century in the Ozark hills in the White River valley a few miles east of Rogers, Arkansas, Harvey built a remarkable resort called Mount Ne. It has since been flooded by a dam project, but a fascinating Web site by James Skipper provides pictures and an accompanying article. To read it, click the button at the left or just click here.

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