Sketches Of

Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers


(pages 502 - 503)

Hardin, the youngest of the three preacher-brothers - Charles, Richard and Hardin - was born in North Carolina. He was a son of Charles and a grandson of John Taliaferro. He began his ministry in Prospect Church, Roane (now Loudon) County, Tennessee, and for some years was a preacher in the Hiwassee Association. He was a preacher of "talent and depth of thought," well educated, and a good writer. His Association (the Hiwassee), in 1851, passed the following resolution: "Resolved, that in view of the importance of an educated ministry and of the liberal offer of Union University, at Murfreesboro, we will endeavor to sustain Brother H. Taliaferro at that institution, and recommend to all our churches that are in favor of that arrangement to send to our next annual meeting whatever they may think proper for that object."  He spent some of the best years of his ministry in Alabama, where he labored in the pastorate, and was associated with Dr. Samuel Henderson in editing the Alabama Baptist. He not only did editorial work on the Alabama Baptist, but contributed a good deal to the denominational press, and was an author of no little distinction. He moved back to Loudon County, Tennessee, a few years before his death, locating at Loudon. He spent his last years in active ministry among the churches, and at the time of his death (1876) he was Moderator of Providence Association. "He died at his home, full of years and in the faith" of the gospel he had preached to others for more than forty years.


Burnett, J .J.  Sketches of  Tennessee's Pioneer Baptist Preachers.  Nashville, Tenn.:  Press of Marshall & Bruce Company, 1919.


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