1875- 1877

Mrs. Hardin is in the portrait style reflective of George Caleb Bingham, but the authenticity of this belief has never been substantiated. She is remembered for her response to a scourge of grasshoppers that inundated the state for an inordinate amount of time. Being a religious woman, she suggested a statewide day of prayer. When the grasshoppers left soon thereafter, she was lauded--and remembered--for having suggested the ultimate solution. After his term, Governor and Mrs. Hardin returned to their home in Mexico, Missouri, where they later founded Hardin College. Mrs. Hardin was a devout Baptist and authored a book, a biography of her husband. There was no music, dancing or alcohol at the governor's inauguration.

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