Whig Rivals and Friends
John J. Hardin
Abraham Lincoln and other members of the Whig party
This is the stone marker that is at the site.
Part of the Looking for Lincoln table at the site (1 of 3)
Looking for Lincoln (2 of 3)
Looking for Lincoln (3 of 3)
The site is right beside this intersection, we have Hardin Avenue after John J. Hardin.
Backstory and Context
Lincoln and Hardin worked together on many things, but they were never actually friends. In 1843 Lincoln campaigned for Hardin as he ran for Congress, however when the time came, Lincoln did not vote for him. They experienced a decade long rivalry, but when Hardin died, and later when Lincoln became president, he looked after what Hardin had left behind. Lincoln appointed Hardin's brother-in-law to a Panama diplomatic position and made sure Hardin's widow was in good shape. Lincoln also referred to Hardin as "our best Whig," and said he was a "man of desperate energy and perseverance who ‘never backs out’ and who was ‘talented, energetic, usually generous and magnanimous." Lincoln knew that Hardin was a worthy rival of his, but was still willing to admit the good qualities that Hardin possessed.
Folklore says, the Hardin family hosted a party, and John J. Hardin actually invited Lincoln to the party, knowing his cousin Mary Todd would be there. They say this party is where Lincoln and Mary Todd rekindled their romance.
Lincoln Lore - John J. Hardin. www.lrc.ky.gov. Accessed October 31, 2017. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/Moments08RS/33_web_leg_moments.htm.
Crowe, Robert. John J. Hardin. The Source. Accessed November 26, 2017. http://the-source.net/john-j-hardin/.