145. Martin Davis HARDIN145 was born on 21 June 1780 in Pennsylvania.7,54 He served in the military in 1812 at Col. John Allen's Regt, KY in War of 1812. He died on 8 October 1823 at the age of 43 in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky.145 Martin was buried in Franfort Cemetery, Franklin County, Kentucky.146
Served as a major in the rifle regiment of Col. John Allen in War of 1812. Secretary of state of KY under Gov Isaac Shelby 1812-16 and served one session in the U. S. Senate.
Martin D. Hardin signed one of the Land Grants of William Haden in Logan Co KY.
Gov. Isaac Shelby nominated Hardin to serve as Secretary of State at the beginning of his second gubernatorial term. Shelby withdrew the nomination December 15, 1812, before Hardin's Senate confirmation. Christopher Greenup was commissioned Secretary of State and served one month. Hardin was then commissioned as Secretary of State March 13, 1813, to serve until the end of Shelby's term.
Martin D. Hardin was born on June 21, 1780, in Pennsylvania. His parents were John and Jane (Davies) Hardin. The family moved to Nelson County in April 1786. Martin Hardin was educated at Transylvania University. He studied law with George Nicholas and was admitted to the bar in 1801. He practiced law in Richmond.
Hardin represented Madison County in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1805 to 1807. He was reelected to the House in 1812 to represent Franklin County, but Governor Isaac Shelby appointed him Secretary of State in that year. According to Gov. Isaac Shelby's Executive Journal, Hardin resigned as Secretary of State on or before February 3, 1813, when former Governor Christopher Greenup, Hardin's Assistant Secretary of State, was nominated to serve as Secretary of State. Greenup was commissioned as Secretary on February 4, 1813; he resigned on March 11, 1813. Martin Hardin was (again) commissioned Secretary of State in Shelby's Administration on March 13, 1813.
Hardin fought in the War of 1812. In 1816, he was appointed to the U. S. Senate by Governor Gabriel Slaughter to fill the unexpired term of William T. Berry who had resigned. He was in the Senate until March 1817. He was reelected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1818 and served one term. In December 1820 he was unsuccessful in his bid to become president of the Bank of Kentucky.
Hardin married Elizabeth Logan on January 20, 1809. He died on October 8, 1823, in Frankfort. He is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery.
"Biographical Encyclopedia" (1878), pgs. 658-59;
"Kentucky Encyclopedia", pgs. 403-4;
Levin, ed., "Lawyers and Lawmakers" (1897), pgs. 117-19.
From the marriage and obituary citations compiled by Bernard J. Henley from Virginia newspapers on microfilm at the Library of Virginia:
VIRGINIA HERALD (Fredericksburg, Va.) Died- Near Frankfort, Ky. on October 8, in the 42d year of his age, General Martin D. Hardin. (p. 3, c. 3) Saturday, November 1, 1823. RICHMOND ENQUIRER (Richmond, Va. : 1815 : Semiweekly) Died- Gen. Martin Davis Hardin, at his residence in Franklin County, Ky., on Wednesday, October 8, in his 42d year. He had served in the legislature and as Secretary of State of Kentucky. (p. 3, c. 6) Tuesday, October 28, 1823.
Martin Davis HARDIN and Elizabeth LOGAN were married on 20 January 1809 in Franklin County, Kentucky. Elizabeth LOGAN147, daughter of Benjamin LOGAN and Elizabeth MONTGOMERY, was born on 3 April 1786 in Franklin County, Kentucky. She died on 19 February 1853 at the age of 66 in Shelby County, Kentucky. She was buried in Grove Hill, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky.148
Martin Davis HARDIN and Elizabeth LOGAN had the following children: