Abner C. Harding

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Abner C. Harding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
Preceded byCharles M. Harris
Succeeded byJohn B. Hawley
Personal details
Born(1807-02-10)February 10, 1807
East Hampton, Connecticut
DiedJuly 19, 1874(1874-07-19) (aged 67)
Monmouth, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Military service
AllegianceUnited States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Union Army
Years of service1862–1863
RankUnion Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Abner Clark Harding (February 10, 1807 – July 19, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Born in East Hampton, Connecticut, Harding attended Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Oneida County, New York, about 1827. In 1838, he moved to Monmouth, Illinois, and continued practicing law. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1848, and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives the same year, serving until 1850.

During the Civil War, Harding enlisted as a private in the Union Army in the 83rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Later he was commissioned as a colonel, and was promoted to brigadier general in March 1863. He was forced to resign due to deteriorating eyesight a few months later.

From 1865 to 1869, Harding served as a Republican member of Congress. During the 39th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Militia. However, he was not a candidate for reelection in 1868 after serving in the 40th Congress, and later engaged in banking and railroad building. He died in Monmouth, Illinois on July 19, 1874, and was interred in Monmouth Cemetery.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Abner C. Harding (id: H000188)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-01-29

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles M. Harris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John B. Hawley