Ben T. Hardin was born in Randolph County, Missouri,
October 8, 1852, and lived there until he was 19 years old. His
first work was on the farm, splitting rails and hewing ties for the C.
& A. railroad. He taught school two years, and went to the
State Normal at Kirksville, from which he was graduated in 1875.
The two following years he was Principal of the Public Schools at New
London, and then entered the law office of Martin & Priest, and
was admitted to the bar in 1877, and came to Kansas City May 17, 1889.
Mr. Hardin was Prosecuting Attorney of
Randolph County four years. In Kansas City he has acted as
special judge frequently on the Circuit bench, and is well known as a
Republican campaign speaker.
He was married October 8, 1879, to Miss Clara