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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.

Benjamin Hardin
A man with wispy, black hair and a prominent nose wearing a dark jacket, light tie and vest, and high-collared white shirt
Secretary of State of Kentucky
In office
September 4, 1844 – September 6, 1848
GovernorWilliam Owsley
Preceded byJames Harlan
Succeeded byGeorge B. Kinkead
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byJohn Adair
Succeeded byJohn Pope
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 4, 1817
March 4, 1819 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byWilliam Pope Duval
Thomas Speed
Succeeded byThomas Speed
Francis Johnson
Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1784-02-29)February 29, 1784
Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
DiedSeptember 24, 1852(1852-09-24) (aged 68)
Bardstown, Kentucky
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
National Republican
RelationsFather-in-law of John L. Helm
Cousin of Martin Davis Hardin
Cousin of Charles A. Wickliffe
SignatureBen Hardin

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.


  • United States Congress. "Benjamin Hardin (id: H000184)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Allen, William B. (1872). A History of Kentucky: Embracing Gleanings, Reminiscences, Antiquities, Natural Curiosities, Statistics, and Biographical Sketches of Pioneers, Soldiers, Jurists, Lawyers, Statesmen, Divines, Mechanics, Farmers, Merchants, and Other Leading Men, of All Occupations and Pursuits. Bradley & Gilbert. p. 370. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  • Little, Lucius P. (1887). Ben Hardin: His Times and Contemporaries, with Selections from His Speeches. Courier-journal job printing company. Retrieved 2009-02-01.

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