Mt. Summit, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1947
Ralph Harvey was born on a farm near Mount Summit, Henry County, Ind. He was active in Purdue’s campus activities and developed an early interest in public affairs. He began his career as a farmer and teacher of Vocational Agriculture. He was elected to fill the un-expired term of his deceased father on the Henry County Council and thus launched a career that took him through the Indiana State Legislature to the United States Congress in 1947. His service as a Congressman included work on the Agriculture Committee. He traveled several times to Africa, Europe and South America. His service in Congress included the years 1947-1959 and 1961-1966. Ralph made significant contributions to the Delta Chapter reconstruction project in the late 1970s. He and his wife Charlene retired to Fort Lauderdale, FL where he died in 1991.