HARDIN, John J., (son of Martin Davis Hardin), a Representative from Illinois; born in Frankfort, Ky., January 6, 1810; pursued classical studies and was graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Kentucky in 1831 and commenced practice in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill.; served in the Illinois Militia during the Black Hawk War 1831-1832; was brigadier general in command during the Mormon trouble in Hancock County in 1844 and later attained the rank of major general; appointed prosecuting attorney of Morgan County in 1832; member of the State house of representatives 1836-1842; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; during the Mexican War recruited the First Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, of which he was commissioned colonel; was killed at the Battle of Buena Vista, Mexico, February 23, 1847; interment in City Cemetery (East), Jacksonville, Ill.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Springfield, IL
Papers: 1831-1849, 36 items. Primarily legal and financial documents relating to Hardin's law practice and the settlement of his estate; a few letters are included. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: 1829-1947, 8 items. Miscellaneous letters and legal documents are present throughout the collection.
Papers: In the Joseph Gillespie papers, 1835-1861; 1876, 51 items. Other authors include Hardin.

Chicago History Museum
Research Center

Chicago, IL
Papers: In Hardin family papers, 1733-1943, 9 feet. Includes his legal correspondence and account books, political papers dealing with the Illinois Whig Party and state government, and military papers. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: In the Henry Clay letters, 1813-1851, 52 items. Hardin included among other authors.
Papers: In the David Davis papers, 1815-1964, 9 linear feet. Other authors include Hardin.

Brigham Young University
Harold B. Lee Library

Provo, UT
Microfilm: 1843-1847, partial reel. Microfilmed letter book of Hardin's correspondence.
Microfilm: In the Mormon collection, 1832-1886, 160 items. Hardin included among subjects covered.

Filson Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: In the Charles Lanman collection, 1792-1890, 1 cubic foot. Autobiographical or biographical sketch. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

Utah State Historical Society

Salt Lake City, UT
Microfilm: In Miscellaneous Morman material, 1 reel. Subjects covered include Hardin.
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