HARDWICK, Thomas William

HARDWICK, Thomas William
Library of Congress


HARDWICK, Thomas William, a Representative and a Senator from Georgia; born in Thomasville, Thomas County, Ga., on December 9, 1872; attended the common schools and Mercer University, Macon, Ga.; graduated from the law department of the University of Georgia at Athens in 1893; admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Sandersville, Ga.; prosecuting attorney for Washington County 1895-1897; member, State house of representatives 1898-1902; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-eighth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1903, to November 2, 1914, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Coinage, Weights, and Measures (Sixty-second and Sixty-third Congresses); elected on November 3, 1914, as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Augustus O. Bacon and served from November 4, 1914, to March 3, 1919; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1918; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Sixty-third and Sixty-fourth Congresses), Committee on Immigration (Sixty-fifth Congress), Committee on Industrial Expositions (Sixty-fifth Congress); Governor of Georgia 1921-1923; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the United States Senate in 1922 and 1924; resumed the practice of law, with offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Sandersville, Ga.; died in Sandersville, Ga., January 31, 1944; interment in the Old City Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names, primarily incoming correspondence to the governor of Georgia. Finding aid.

Georgia Historical Society

Savannah, GA
Papers: Correspondence in Pleasant Alexander Stovall papers, 1846-1974.

University of Georgia
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Athens, GA
Papers: 1908-1992 (bulk 1910-1944). 3.75 linear feet. Correspondence, speeches, personal manuscripts, newspaper clippings, printed material, and photographs concerning his political interests and legal practice. Correspondents include Senator Thomas Watson, Eugene Talmadge, Carl Vinson, and Walter George. Writings and manuscripts include an autobiography from birth to his campaign for the Senate. Finding aid. Also a few Hardwick letters in other collections.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Grantham, Dewey W., Jr., ed. "Some Letters from Thomas W. Hardwick to Tom Watson Concerning the Georgia Gubernatorial Campaign of 1906." Georgia Historical Quarterly 34 (December 1950): 328-40.

Mellichamp, Josephine. "Thomas W. Hardwick." In Senators from Georgia, pp. 212-14. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.

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