Benjamin Hardin

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Benjamin Hardin
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Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 4, 1844 – September 6, 1848
Governor William Owsley
Preceded by James Harlan
Succeeded by George B. Kinkead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by John Adair
Succeeded by John Pope
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 4, 1819
March 3, 1817 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by William Pope Duval
Thomas Speed
Succeeded by Thomas Speed
Francis Johnson
Personal details
Born (1784-02-29)February 29, 1784
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
Died September 24, 1852(1852-09-24) (aged 68)
Bardstown, Kentucky
Political party Democratic-Republican
National Republican
Relations Father-in-law of John L. Helm
Cousin of Martin Davis Hardin
Cousin of Charles A. Wickliffe
Profession Lawyer
Signature Ben Hardin

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.

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