Abner C. Harding

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Abner C. Harding
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Abner Clark Harding
Born (1807-02-10)February 10, 1807
East Hampton, Connecticut
Died July 19, 1874(1874-07-19) (aged 67)
Monmouth, Illinois
Place of burial Monmouth cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Union Army
Years of service 1862 - 1863
Rank Union army brig gen rank insignia.jpg Brigadier General

American Civil War

Other work Politician

Abner Clark Harding (February 10, 1807 - July 19, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Born in East Hampton, Connecticut, Harding attended Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Oneida County, New York, about 1827. In 1838, he moved to Monmouth, Illinois, and continued practicing law. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1848, and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives the same year, serving until 1850.

During the Civil War, Harding enlisted as a private in the Union Army in the Eighty-third Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Later, he was commissioned as a colonel, and was promoted to brigadier general in March 1863. He was forced to resign due to deteriorating eyesight a few months later.

From 1865 to 1869, Harding served as a Republican member of Congress. During the 39th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Militia. However, he was not a candidate for reelection in 1868 after serving in the 40th Congress, and later engaged in banking and railroad building. He died in Monmouth, Illinois on July 19, 1874, and was interred in Monmouth Cemetery.

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