Biography of Philip W. Hardesty
Member of 60th Ohio General Assembly - Senate

PHILIP W. HARDESTY, one of the Senators who represent the Thirty second Senatorial District, composed of Auglaize, Allen, Mercer, Van Wert, Defiance, Paulding and Williams èounties, is of Columbiana county, Ohio, the sixth son of William and Louisa Hardesty. His father and brothers were of the old Whig party; but, when a boy, the subject of this narrative enlisted under the Democratic banner, and is and always has been a political lone star in a brotherhood of ten. He was born March 5, 1815. He had not the benefit of an extensive early education; but, being fond of study, by close application to it, soon overcame this defect; so much so, that, at the age of seventeen, he commenced teaching common school, and in the mean time engaged in the study of law, under the instruction of his warm and ardent friend, the late Hon. George W. Belden, of Canton, Stark county, Ohio.

After admission, he practiced his profession several years in Tuscarawas county, Ohio. While a resident of that county he was tendered several important offices, among which was that of member of Congress; but, preferring private to public life, or, as he has frequently expressed it, not wishing to engage in strifes for positions, he willingly contented himself with assisting in controlling the educational affairs of his neighborhood and county, as school examiner, etc.

In the year 1853 he emigrated to the then new county of Paulding, his present residence, where he continued the practice of his profession, in that and adjoining counties, until the commencement of the late civil war, in 1861, when he claimed, to be a good citizen, a man ought either to work or fight, and preferring the work part, retired to his farm, where he still resides, four miles from the county seat of his county, taking part in the various educational interests of the county, and, at present, is President of the Teachers' Associate Institute, etc.

But, during the last season, he yielded to the importunities of his friends, to be presented before the Deiphos convention, for nomination to the office which he now holds, to which he was elected without opposition, having received 11,985 votes.

Though modest and unassuming, he is, nevertheless, determined and fixed in his purposes; he guards carefully the interests of his constituents, and will doubtless do well as a legislator.

Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872

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