In the preparation of this work there is no more pleasurable duty to perform
than to record the biography of those “square built,” men who are physically,
morally and intellectually described by the above term, and of which Mr. Hardin
furnished a marked example. Free from all pride, show and pretense, whose sense
of duty, is his law, whose word is his bond, the stay and foundation of any
government is in the conscientious integrity of the masses composing “the
Mr. Hardin was born in Maryland, Dec. 12, 1819, and in his earlier years his
education was to labor, and not in books, having received by six months
schooling previous to his removal to Illinois, in 1839, and only three months
after that time.
His parents are not being in affluent circumstances, he worked during the
summers, thus laying the foundation of his present fine constitution, and, in
the winters, when farm labor was not to be obtained, he applied himself to
mental improvement, with eminent success.
I often see the great misfortune many young men are compelled to endure, the
misfortune that they were not born poor men’s sons, and to earn their own
On his first removal to Illinois, in 1839, he located in Greene county; was
married in 1842. He located in Mason county, in 1845, on Field’s Prairie, near
the village of Kilbourne, where he now resides.
For thirty-eight years he has been identified with the Methodist Episcopal
Church, and one of its substantial columns.
Mr. Hardin’s religious views partake of the same general characteristics as his
business matters, that is, whatever he finds worth doing at all, in worth doing
well. Now bring advanced in years, possessed of a competency of this world’s
goods, enjoying general good health, few men have greater reason to anticipate a
pleasanter future, or more years of permanent enjoyment for some time to come.
Contributed by: Jeanie Lowe