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Thomas Hardeman, Jr. (January 12, 1825 – March 6, 1891) was an American politician, lawyer and soldier.

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Hardeman was born in Eatonton, Georgia and graduated from Emory College in 1845. He studied and was admitted to the state bar in 1847. Rather than practicing law, he pursued interests in the warehouse and commission business.

After serving in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1853, 1855, and 1857, Hardeman was elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the 36th United States Congress as a Representative of Georgia's 3rd congressional district and served a partial term from March 4, 1859, until January 23, 1861, when he resigned to become a captain in the Floyd Rifles.

During the American Civil War, Hardeman was major of the 2nd Georgia Battalion in the Confederate States Army. He then became a colonel in the 45th Georgia Infantry. During the war, he served in the Georgia House of Representatives in 1863, 1864, and 1874, and served as that body's speaker.

After the way, Hardeman was a delegate to the 1872 Democratic National Convention. He was also president of the State convention and chairman of the Democratic State executive committee for four years. In 1882, Hardeman won election again to the U.S. House of Representatives as a at-large Democrat to the 48th United States Congress. He served one term from March 4, 1883, to March 3, 1885. He died in Macon, Georgia, on March 6, 1891, and was buried in that city's Oak Hill Cemetery.

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