HARDING, Aaron, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Campbellsville, Taylor County (now a part of Green County), Ky., February 20, 1805; attended the rural schools; became familiar with the classics; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Greensburg, Ky.; elected prosecuting attorney of Green County in 1833; member of the Kentucky state house of representatives in 1840; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses and as a Democrat to the Thirty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1867); delegate to the Union National Convention in 1866; resumed the practice of law in Danville, Ky.; died in Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., December 24, 1875; interment in Georgetown Cemetery.

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

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External Research Collections

The Filson Historical Society

Louisville, KY
Papers: In the John Harding collection, 1846-1914, 2.6 cubic feet. Correspondence relating to personal, business, and congressional matters; also autobiographical information in the Charles Lanman collection. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.
Papers: In the Abraham Lincoln Miscellaneous papers, 1840-1864, 7 items. Subjects covered include Harding.

Kentucky Historical Society Library

Frankfort, KY
Papers: 1861-1864, 2 items. Letters from Harding to his sons Jack and Sam.

Pierpont Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts

New York, NY
Papers: 1864, 1 item. Letter from Harding to Abraham Lincoln recommending Judge A.H. Churchill.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Harding, Aaron. Restoration of the Union: speech of Hon. Aaron Harding of Kentucky, in the House of Representatives, April 28, 1866. [Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1866].

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