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an election ordered by Governor Blount, which convention had
authority for the formation of a constitution and a permanent
form of government. The other delegates from. his county were:
John M'Nairy, Andrew Jackson, James Robertson, founder of
Nashville, and Joel Lewis.7 The elder HI-ardeman served also in
the first general assembly of Tennessee as one of Davidson
County's two senators, but resigned before the second session as-
sembled, December 3, 1798, and James Robertson was elected to
In 1819-20 several of Davidson County's settlers moved to the
Southwestern part of Tennessee. Among these emigrants was
Thomas Hardeman. When these settlers organized their county
to secure a unit for government they named it for Hardeman.
From 1823 to 1826 Hardeman served Hardeman County as its
first county clerk.76 Hardeman was one of the commissioners of
the town of Bolivar to sell the town lots and erect public build-
ings.77 On October 7th, 1824, he was granted a dispensation to
"open a lodge of the Ancient York Masons at the County Court
House," and was elected the first Junior Warden78 of the lodge
when it was organized.
Bailey Hardeman studied law in Nashville and located in Boli-
var for practice79 and had been in this profession some fifteen
years before the Texas Revolution began.80 With his brother,
Thomas J., he arrived in Texas, October 5, 1835,1 and settled in
T"Journal of the Proceedings of the Convention . . . (Tennessee),
11th of January, 1796. . . (Knoxville, 1851-52), 3. The expenses
of the members, clerks, and doorkeeper of the convention were estimated
by a committee and their report was adopted. Thomas Hardeman's
"wages" amounted to $53.83, as he had been present 27 days at $1.50
per day and traveled 400 miles at $1.00 for every 30 miles. Journal of
the Proceedings of the Convention, 30.
"oHistory of Tennessee (Goodspeed Publishing Company), 223, as cited.
Menmorandum, Bool of Applications for Land in Austin's Colony, ah
cited, 91-92, gives Thos. J. Hardeman as an applicant for land. No men-
tion is made of Bailey Hardeman, but, according to Fulmore, he came to
Texas with Thomas.-D. W. C. Baker, A Texas Scrap Boolk (New York,
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101088/. Accessed October 21, 2014.