Jack Harvard

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Jack Harvard (born October 23, 1946) was the mayor of Plano, Texas from 1982-1990.

Harvard came to Plano in 1975 as a banker because of the city's inexpensive housing and good schools. In 1983, Harvard founded Willow Bend National Bank and served as its chairman during his time as mayor. Harvard, along with Jack Evans, former mayor of Dallas, Texas, formed the Metroplex Mayors Association in 1984. He was the president of the association from 1984-1990. Harvard was known during his four terms as mayor for drving his car around the city with his "PLANO" license plates. The city's current logo was chosen while he was mayor because of a contest created by him and the city council.

Harvard was sure to win a fifth term in 1990, but he decided not to run again, citing exhaustion. However, in 1992, he tried for the Texas State Senate, but lost to Florence Shapiro, who served on his city council and was his successor as mayor.

On September 13, 1996, Harvard pleaded guilty under a plea agreement in a federal investigation into a series of bank loans totaling more than $25 million. He was convicted of one count of providing false information about a $3.18 million loan from the failed Plano Savings and Loan Association. Harvard and another former Plano mayor David B. McCall, Jr. were indicted in August 1995, along with three other men, on federal bank fraud charges relating to the loan investigation. Harvard was sentenced to three years in prison. President George W. Bush pardoned McCall in 2004 after he went into a coma.

Electoral history[edit]


Republican primary, 1992: Senate District 2[1]
Candidate Votes % ±
Don Kent 12,742 34.74
Jack Harvard 6,189 16.87
Florence Shapiro 17,737 48.37
Turnout 36,668


  1. "1992 Republican Party Primary Election". Office of the Secretary of State (Texas). Archived from the original on 2006-11-08. Retrieved 2006-12-29.


Preceded by
James W. Edwards
Mayor of Plano, Texas
Succeeded by
Florence Shapiro

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