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HARDIE, Thomas

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Thomas Hardie
HARDIE, Thomas. (Montreal, Canada, Jan. 25, 1819--Dubuque, IA, Apr. 11,1899). Hardie arrived in Dubuque on October 6, 1846, and entered into partnership with a friend to form Bennett and Hardie, a painting business that continued in operation until 1850 or 1851. Hardie specialized in graining inexpensive lumber with brush strokes of paint to resemble the graining in expensive woods. In 1853 he was appointed a draftsman in the surveyor's general office under Warner LEWIS. He worked there four years.

In 1848 Hardie was elected to the Board of Aldermen from the Fourth Ward. From 1854 to 1855 he served in the Sixth Iowa General Assembly, the last to use the old capital in Iowa City, and he was elected to the Ninth General Assembly in 1860.

Hardie was appointed to the Board of Regents of Iowa State University in 1877 by Governor Nebold. Locally he served as the first secretary of the Metropolitan Lodge No. 49, A.F. & A.M., when it was organized on October 23, 1854. In October 1880 he was honored by the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows at their annual convention in Des Moines with election to the position of Grand Representative. (1) He had joined the organization while living in Springfield, Illinois in 1840 and had served as a representative to the grand council of Illinois in 1843. (2) In 1863 Hardie was elected secretary of the board of education and held the office until his death, a remarkable record of thirty-six years of continuous service.




1. "Caught on the Fly," Dubuque Herald, October 23, 1880, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18801023&printsec=frontpage&hl=en

2. "Local News in Brief," Dubuque Daily Herald, April 22, 1890, p. 4

Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 120