Michael D. Harter

Michael Daniel Harter ( born April 6, 1846 in Canton, Ohio, † February 22, 1896 in Fostoria, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1891 and 1895 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Michael Harter was the grandson of Congressman Robert Moore (1778-1831) from Pennsylvania. He attended the common schools and worked in retail and in banking. At the age of 23, he became Chief Financial Officer of the company Aultman & Taylor Co. In 1866 he founded the Harter Bank. He also founded the Isaac Harter Milling Company in Fostoria, which was the largest flour producer in Ohio at that time. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1890 Harter was the 15th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles H. Grosvenor on March 4, 1891. After a re-election as successor of James W. Owens in the 14th district of his state, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1895 two legislative sessions. There he sat down resolutely for the gold standard. In 1894 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Michael Harter moved to Philadelphia. He spent the summer months in Mansfield. On 22 February 1896 he committed suicide in Fostoria. With his wife Mary Brown, he had five children.