John Crumpton Hardy

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John Crumpton Hardy (December 24, 1864 – October 30, 1938)[1] was the President of the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Mississippi State University) from 1900 - 1912.[2]


John Crumpton Hardy was born in Newton, Mississippi on December 24, 1864 to John D. and Martha Hardy. He attended Mississippi College where he earned a BA and an MA and Earned a Law degree at Millsaps College.[3][4][5]

Before becoming president of Mississippi A&M College Hardy served as superintendent of the Jackson, Mississippi, schools for nine years. In 1912 he became president of Baylor Female College (now the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) in Belton, Texas.[6]


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Academic offices
Preceded by
John M. Stone
President of Mississippi State University
Succeeded by
George Robert Hightower