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Rufus Hardy (December 16, 1855 – March 13, 1943) was a United States Representative of the Democratic Party from the state of Texas.

Rufus Hardy
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United States Congressman
Texas 6th Congressional District
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1923
Preceded byScott Field
Succeeded byLuther Alexander Johnson
District Judge
Texas 13th Judicial District
In office
District Attorney
Texas 13th Judicial District
In office
County Attorney
Navarro County
In office
Personal details
Born(1855-12-16)December 16, 1855
Monroe County, Mississippi
DiedMarch 13, 1943(1943-03-13) (aged 87)
Corsicana, Texas
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Felicia E. Peck
Rufus Jr
ResidenceCorsicana, Texas
Alma materUniversity of Georgia Somerville Institute, Mississippi

Early yearsEdit

Hardy was born Monroe County, Mississippi to George Washington and Pauline J. (Whittaker) Hardy. The family moved to Millican, Texas in 1861.[1]

Hardy enrolled at Somerville Institute in Noxubee County, Mississippi in 1871, and received his L.L.B. from the University of Georgia in 1875. In 1876, he opened his law practice in Navasota, Texas, and moved to Corsicana, Texas in 1878.

Career in public serviceEdit

From 1880 to 1884 he served as a prosecuting attorney of Navarro County, Texas. He served as District Attorney for the Texas 13th Judicial District 1884–1888, and as District Judge of the same district 1888–1896.[2] Hardy was represented Texas in the United States House of Representatives 1907–1923. Upon retirement from Congress, Hardy returned to private practice in Corsicana.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1881, Hardy was married to Felicia E. Peck. He died in Corsicana on March 13, 1943 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.[4] Mrs. Hardy followed him in death just 17 days later and is buried by his side.[5]

Fraternal membershipsEdit


  • Hardy, Rufus (1887). Address delivered at the united prohibition and anti-prohibition picnic at Belle Point, Texas, Saturday, June 18, 1887. Corsicana Daily Courier Print.
  • Hardy, Rufus (1908). On motion to strike out Section 23 of Criminal Code,: Which makes it a crime for any officer to fail to select a juror because of race, color, or previous ... January 13, and January 7, 1908.
  • Hardy, Rufus (1908). Safety of Bank Deposits.


  1. ^ Robinson, Chandler A: Rufus Hardy from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 26 June 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  2. ^ Kestenbaum, Lawrence. "Rufus Hardy-The Political Graveyard". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  3. ^ Guttery, Ben R (2008). Representing Texas: A Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. pp. 77–78. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4.
  4. ^ "Rufus Hardy final resting place". Find a Grave. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Felicia E Hardy final resting place". Find a Grave. Retrieved 26 June 2010.

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