Rep. Benjamin Hardin (R-KY)

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Benjamin Hardin

Birthplace: Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: September 24, 1852 (68)
Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky, United States
Place of Burial: Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Hardin; Benjamin Hardin; Sarah Ellen Hardin and Sarah Ellen Hardin
Husband of Elizabeth Pendleton Hardin
Father of Lucinda Barbour Helm; Emily Palmer; Katherine Riley; Sarah Dixon; Rowan Hardin and 1 other
Brother of Martin L. Hardin; Rosannah Hardin; Elizabeth Mary "Polly" Hardin; Lydia Hardin; Jane Hardin and 8 others

Occupation: Kentucky Secretary of the State, US Representative, lawyer
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About Rep. Benjamin Hardin (R-KY)

Benjamin Hardin (February 29, 1784 – September 24, 1852) was a United States Representative from Kentucky. Martin Davis Hardin was his cousin. He was born at the Georges Creek settlement on the Monongahela River, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and then moved with his parents to Washington County, Kentucky in 1788. Hardin attended the schools of Nelson and Washington Counties, Kentucky before studying law. He was admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Elizabethtown and Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky and he settled in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1808.

Hardin was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1810, 1811, 1824, and 1825 and served in the Kentucky Senate 1828–1832. He was elected as a Republican to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817) and reelected as a Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1823). He was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837).

After leaving Congress, Hardin served as the Secretary of State of Kentucky 1844–1847. He served as a member of the Kentucky constitutional convention in 1849. He died in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1852 and was buried in the family burying ground near Springfield, Kentucky.

Benjamin Hardin, Jr., was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, on February 29, 1784. His parents were Benjamin Hardin, Sr., and his cousin Sarah (Hardin) Hardin. The family moved to the area around Springfield in Washington County (now Kentucky) in 1788. Hardin was educated initially by tutors and then studied law under his cousin Martin D. Hardin in Richmond and Felix Grundy in Bardstown. In 1806 he began his law practice in Elizabethtown; in 1808 he moved to Bardstown where he spent the rest of his life.

Hardin became one of the foremost trial lawyers in antebellum Kentucky, excelling particularly in criminal law. His political career began when he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1810 where he also served in 1811, 1824, and 1825. He was also elected to the Kentucky Senate, serving from 1828 to 1832. He was a presidential elector in 1833 and again in 1845. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1815 to 1817, from 1819 to 1823, and from 1833 to 1837.

Hardin was appointed Secretary of State in 1844 by Governor William Owsley (1844-48), but he resigned in 1847 after a dispute with the Governor over patronage issues. This estrangement helped produce a split in the state Whig Party. Hardin was one of the leaders in the move to convoke a state constitutional convention in 1849, and he took a leadership role in its deliberations.

Hardin married Elizabeth Pendleton Barbour on March 31, 1807. The couple had three sons (James, Rowan, and William) and three daughters (Lucinda, Emily, and Kate).

Hardin died on September 24, 1852, and is buried in the family cemetery near Springfield.


Lewis Collins, "History of Kentucky", Vol. II, pages 645-46;

Samuel C. Elliott, "Illustrated Centennial Record of the State of Kentucky", (1892), page 44;

Robert M. Ireland, "Kentucky Encyclopedia", page 403;

Levin, ed., "Lawyers and Lawmakers", pages 196-98;

W. H. Perrin, "Kentucky, A History of the State", Vol. III, page 1134.


1784 - born Westmoreland Co, PA 1788 - moved to KY with family settling on Cartwright's Creek, Washington Co. 1804 - studied law under Gen Martin D Hardin at Richmond, KY 1805 - continued studies under Felix Grundy at Bardstown, KY 1806 - admitted to bar and moved to Elizabethtown, Hardin Co, KY 1807 - 31 Mar,married Lucinda Elizabeth Pendleton Barbour Spouse: Elizabeth Barbour Children: 7 1808 - resided in Bardstown, KY 1815 - Lawyer, debator,served in the Legislature,Elected to Congress 1837 - Secretary of State of KY until 1844 1844- appointed Sec of State of KY 1847 - resigned from office 1852 - summer, during a trip from Bardstown to visit his daughter and family at the old Hardin place, he was badly cribbled by a fall from his horse 1852 - Sept 24, died at home in Bardstown Burial: beside his parents


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Rep. Benjamin Hardin (R-KY)'s Timeline

February 29, 1784
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 21
Elizabethtown and Bardstown, KY
February 2, 1809
Age 24
Bardstown, Nelson Co., KY
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