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Dr. Hardeman was born in Howard county, September 26th, 1825.  His father, John Hardeman, Esq., a prominent settler of that county and the founder of the celebrated Hardeman's Gardens near (Old) Franklin, died in 1829.   His widow, formerly Miss Nancy Knox, the daughter of George Knox an old .Revolutionary soldier, was again married, and located in Jefferson City. In 1841, Dr. Hardeman began a course in college, and, in 1845, began the study of medicine under the well-known Joseph N. McDowell, of St. Louis. He graduated there in 1848, and also in Philadelphia, the following year. He then returned home, crossed the plains, and spent fourteen months on the Pacific slope, a trip that only proved rich in experience. He returned to Missouri in 1 852, and began the practice of medicine in Marshall, Saline county. On the breaking out of the late war, he espoused the Union cause, and served as a surgeon in the Federal army during the principal part of the war. In 1867, he settled in this county, and has followed farming ever since, preferring to till the soil for a support. He owns a fine tract of 272 acres near Gray's Summit, most of which is under cultivation. Recently he has given most of his attention to the raising of sheep, and his success in this industry has been equal to his most sanguine expectations.

Without his knowledge, he was nominated by the Democratic party as one of the representatives for Franklin county, in the general assembly, in 1876, and was duly elected. He has proven an efficient legislator, but does not claim to be a politician, nor an aspirant for office.

He has raised up a family of seven children, and his home is characterized by culture and refinement. His lady was formerly .Miss Permelia Townsend, daughter of Sanders Townsend, of Cooper county. Her mother was a Nowlin, a relative of the Rev. Peyton Nowlin, an early settler of Saline county.

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