Harvey T. Pace

Hon. Harvey T. Pace 
Death of an Old and Well Know Citizen

While seated at the breakfast table on Sunday morning last, Harvey 
T. Pace was suddenly stricken with paralysis, and so malignant was the attack 
that in less than two hours he breathed his last. Mr. Pace had been sick and 
feeble for several weeks, but during the past ten or fifteen days had revived 
and grown apparently better at such a rapid rate that his relatives were feeling 
greatly encouraged, and were enjoying high hopes that he would live a long time 
yet. Their astonishment at his sudden death can better be imagined than 

Mr. Pace was buried on Tuesday, his remains being followed to the 
grave by perhaps the largest concourse of citizens, relatives and friends that 
ever attended a funeral in Mt. Vernon. His remains were laid along side of the 
estimable wife that he lost in October last - a companion whose death he had 
mourned with the most intense feeling of sorrow from the day of her decease to 
the moment that he breathed the last breath of mortality. 

Mr. Pace, during his lifetime, filled several places of trust and 
honor, having been in 1846 elected to the legislature, and re-elected for two 
terms thereafter. While in the legislature, such men as Douglas, Lincoln, 
Linder, and others of Illinois' great men also held seats there, and he was 
personally acquainted with all of them. He was always true to the principles of 
his constituents, and never faltered in casting votes that he believed would 
subserve the interests of the people of the State. He was always a firm and 
consistent democrat, never allowing himself to be led astray from those straight 
paths that were followed with so much zeal and faithfulness by Jefferson and 
Jackson. He was born in the state of Kentucky in the year 1805, and came to 
Jefferson county in 1822. He almost immediately engaged in business here, and 
for many years was the only merchant of any pretensions in the scope of country 
now embraced in Jefferson county, including a large portion of Hamilton, Wayne, 
Marion, Washington, and Franklin. As a merchant he was prompt, energetic, 
honorable and straight in all his dealings with his customers, and soon built up 
a very lucrative and heavy trade. In this trade, he amassed a handsome 
competency, which he now leaves to his grown up children, four in number. Of 
late years he did not pay much attention to merchandising, although he always 
kept up a complete stock of goods at the old stand. Personally Mr. Pace bore 
many remarkable traits that marked him as a man of more than ordinary 
intelligence. He was a great reader, and his mind was a store-house of political 
and incidental history. As a father and husband, he was kind and generous and as 
a citizen, Mt. Vernon never possessed one more exemplary, or more honorable or 
worthy. He was a gentleman of the old school, belonging to a class who, 
unfortunately, are fast passing away - a class of gentlemen whose memories will 
be cherished in after years as pleasant dreams are loved for their refining and 
blessed effect upon the mind. 

Mt. Vernon News - August 16, 1876 
Submitted by Mary Jane Ohms 
July 5, 2001 

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