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Alexander Merrill HARDY

(1847-1927)

HARDY, Alexander Merrill, a Representative from Indiana; born in Simcoe, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada, December 16, 1847; pursued a college course and studied law; came to the United States in 1864, taking a commercial course at Eastman College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; went to New Orleans in 1869, where he engaged in newspaper work until 1873, when he moved to Natchez, Miss.; conducted a Republican newspaper until 1877; collector of the port of Natchez under appointment of President Grant; moved to Washington, Daviess County, Ind., in 1884; was admitted to the bar in 1884 and commenced practice in Terre Haute, Ind.; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Washington, Ind.; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1904 and continued the practice of law; moved to Searchlight, Nev., thence to Salt Lake City, Utah, and finally settled in Tonopah, Nev., in 1914 and engaged in the practice of his profession; was also interested in mining; died in Tonopah, Nev., on August 31, 1927; interment in Tonopah Cemetery.

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

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