From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Hardin, William Jefferson

(born: 1830  -  died: 1890) 

Born a free person in Russellville, KY, Hardin was a politician, speaker and barber. He won two elections to the Wyoming Territory Legislative Assembly, the first African American to do so. He also served two terms as mayor of both Park City, Utah, and Leadville, Colorado. Hardin was educated by Shakers in Kentucky, and he would become a teacher for free Colored children in Bowling Green, KY. He left Kentucky in 1852 to head out West and settled in Colorado Territory in the early 1860s. By 1882, he was serving his second term as a Republican legislator in the Wyoming Territory. Hardin was considered very wealthy, said to have assets worth $20,000. For more see Dictionary of American Negro Biography, by R. W. Logan & M. R. Winston; William Jefferson Hardin at the website; and "Honorable W. J. Hardin...," Weekly Louisianian, 02/04/1882, p.2.


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NKAA Source: Dictionary of American Negro biography
NKAA Source: The Weekly Louisianian (newspaper)

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