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Washtenaw County Sheriff Douglas J. Harvey, 1964-72

Washtenaw County Sheriff Douglas J. Harvey, 1964-72 image

Washtenaw County's most colorful Sheriff in the 20th century was former deputy Douglas J. Harvey who was elected to consecutive terms, 1964-72. A bare-knuckles, no-questions-asked law enforcement officer, Harvey slid into office in 1964 on the coattails of fellow Democrat President Johnson's landslide win. Harvey's occasional opponents were diversified: the Washtenaw County Board of Supervisors to teenage long hairs to sit-in demonstrators. The Washtenaw County Jail was affectionately known as Harvey's Hotel and a cropped haircut was usually the result of an overnight stay. Keywords: occupations, police, sheriffs

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