Michael D. Harter

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Michael Daniel Harter
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th district
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded by Charles H. Grosvenor
Succeeded by H. Clay Van Voorhis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by James W. Owens
Succeeded by Winfield S. Kerr
Personal details
Born (1846-04-06)April 6, 1846
Canton, Ohio
Died February 22, 1896(1896-02-22) (aged 49)
Fostoria, Ohio
Resting place Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Ohio
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary L. Brown
Children five
Signature Michael D. Harter's signature

Michael Daniel Harter (April 6, 1846 – February 22, 1896) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio, grandson of Robert Moore.

Born in Canton, Ohio, Harter attended the public schools. He engaged in mercantile pursuits and banking. He moved to Mansfield, Ohio, in 1869. At the age of twenty-three became treasurer and manager of the Aultman & Taylor Co. upon its organization. He established the Harter Bank in 1866.[1] He established the Isaac Harter Milling Company in Fostoria, the largest producer of flour in the state.[1]

Harter was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894. In congress, he was strongly in favor of the Gold Standard, and against free silver, views in opposition to his own party. His views won out during the Panic of 1893, when congress, in special session, repealed the Sherman Silver Purchase Act.[1] He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent his summers in Mansfield. He committed suicide in Fostoria, Ohio, February 22, 1896.[2] He was interred in Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, Ohio.

Harter was married to Mary L. Brown in 1869, and they had three sons and two daughters. His wife and children, except one daughter survived him.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Danner, John, ed. (1904). Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark County, Ohio. Logansport, Indiana: B F Brown. pp. 1096–1098. OCLC 79257924.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "His Mind Unbalanced, Sad Suicide of Hon. Michael D. Harter". Kentucky New Era: 1. 1896-02-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles H. Grosvenor
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
H. Clay Van Voorhis
Preceded by
James W. Owens
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Winfield S. Kerr