Samuel Hardy

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Samuel Hardy

Samuel Hardy (1758 – October 17, 1785) was an American lawyer and statesman from Virginia, who served as a delegate to the Continental Congress.[1][2]

Born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia,[2] Samuel was educated at Virginia's College of William and Mary, began the practice of law, and served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was a member of the Continental Congress from Virginia from 1783 until 1785. On May 6, 1784, he voted against the resolution in the Congress restricting the salary of a foreign minister of the United States to $8,000, and on May 7 opposed the motion that the salary of a United States Secretary for Foreign Affairs should not exceed $3,000 per annum. In May 1784, he nominated Thomas Jefferson as minister plenipotentiary to Europe to assist John Adams and Benjamin Franklin in negotiating treaties of commerce; and in January 1785, was a member of a committee that reported on letters that had been received from United States ministers in Europe relative to a foreign loan. He served for a time Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Hardy died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while traveling to the Congress, and is buried in the Christ Church Burial Ground there. He was a friend of Alexander Hamilton, who wrote a poetical tribute to his memory. Hardy County, West Virginia is named in his honor.

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  1. ^ Kibler, James Everett (1999). Our Fathers' Fields : a Southern Story. Columbia, SC: Univ. of South Carolina Press. p. 9. ISBN 9781570032141. 
  2. ^ a b "Members of the Continental Congress from Virginia". Encyclopediavirginia.org. Retrieved 2 September 2016. 

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