Coin Harvey about 1930.
In 1932 William H. “Coin”
Harvey became the first Arkansan to run for
the White House. In 1929 he had finally
started work on the Pyramid itself. But
after the stock market crash of 1929 and the
bank failures that followed, Harvey had to
stop work on the project.
that both major parties were failing to
properly address the needs of a nation
devastated by the Great Depression. So in
1930 he formed the Liberty Party.
The 1931 convention of the Liberty Party was
held at Harvey’s amphitheater.
In August 1931 the party held its national
convention in the amphitheater at Monte Ne.
The 786 delegates from 25 states soon found
that the only candidate they could agree on
was the 80-year-old Harvey. His running mate
was Andrae B. Nordskog of Los Angeles,
California. The party’s slogan was
“Prosperity in 90 Days.”
publication of the Liberty Bell to promote
the party’s platform and candidates. He also
hired young Kenneth Doescher to work as his
secretary during the campaign.
This issue of the Liberty Bell presented
Harvey’s views on
dispute within the
Within a few
months Harvey and Nordskog had a falling out
and the latter was dropped from the ticket.
The falling out resulted from a meeting of
Liberty Party leaders at Tulsa late in 1931.
Harvey claimed that the meeting was an
attempt to oust him as the party’s nominee,
a charge that was only partially denied by
At one point C.W. Henninger,
chairman of the national committee of the
Liberty Party, defended Harvey from his
detractors in a letter. One sentence in that
letter speaks volumes about Harvey’s
personality, at least in old age: “I deny
that Mr. Harvey is unbearable.”
August 1932 Harvey announced that he would
undertake a speaking tour across the West.
After returning from that tour he made a
20-day speaking tour of Arkansas in a car
equipped with loud speakers. His final
campaign appearance was in Rogers on
November 8. Harvey came in fifth in the
national race, with most of his votes coming
from Western states where the Free Silver
cause had been most popular.
Harvey’s health had been precarious for
several years. In 1934 he fell in the
amphitheater and fractured his hip; his
condition was listed as serious for several
days. Then in 1936 Harvey suffered an attack
of intestinal influenza that led to
He died on February 11 with his
wife May at his bedside. On February 14 his
body was interred next to that of his son
Hal in the concrete mausoleum at Monte Ne.
Over the next few years May Harvey sold the
last of the land and water rights at Monte
Above, Harvey’s death mask, made by Ortis
McKinney, manager of the Callison
Home in Rogers. Below, Harvey’s mausoleum at