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Thomas HARDEMAN, Jr.

(1825-1891)

HARDEMAN, Thomas, Jr., a Representative from Georgia; born in Eatonton, Putnam County, Ga., January 12, 1825; was graduated from Emory College in 1845; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1847; abandoned his profession and engaged in the warehouse and commission business; served in the State house of representatives in 1853, 1855, and 1857; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1859, until January 23, 1861, when he withdrew; captain of the Floyd Rifles; during the Civil War was major of the Second Georgia Battalion and, later, colonel of the Forty-fifth Georgia Infantry of the Confederate Army; again served in the State house of representatives, in 1863, 1864, and 1874, and was speaker during these sessions; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872; president of the State convention and chairman of the Democratic State executive committee for four years; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State (Forty-eighth Congress); died in Macon, Ga., March 6, 1891; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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