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Gen William Giles Harding
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Birth: Sep. 15, 1808
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Dec. 15, 1886
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA

Renowned Thoroughbred horse breeder of Belle Meade.
Leading Tennessee agriculturist and nationally acclaimed stock breeder educated at the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy in Middletown, Connecticut. Two years after his first wife, Mary Selena McNairy, died in 1837, he assumed full responsibility for managing Belle Meade, his father's twelve-hundred-acre plantation on the "Old Natchez Road." In 1853-54 Harding transformed the Federal-style house his father had built in 1820 into the Greek Revival mansion that stands today. He also raced horses, won premiums for his thoroughbreds, and established Belle Meade as a nationally recognized horse nursery. Early in the Civil War, Harding headed the Military and Financial Board of Tennessee, which spent five million dollars arming and equipping soldiers for the defense of the South. In 1862, as the result of his activities, Harding was imprisoned by Federal authorities for six months. During his absence, his wife managed the plantation under dire circumstances and looked after "a family of 150 people," mostly slaves. Following the war, Harding and his son-in-law, W. H. Jackson, developed Belle Meade into one of the world's greatest horse-breeding establishments. When he died in 1886, the Chattanooga Times called Harding "a monarch in his own domain." 
Family links: 
  John Harding (1777 - 1865)
  Susannah Shute Harding (1785 - 1845)
  Elizabeth I McGavock Harding (1819 - 1867)
  Mary Selena McNairy Harding (1812 - 1837)*
  John Harding (1831 - 1914)*
  Nathaniel McNairy Harding (1833 - 1843)*
  William Giles Harding (1835 - 1837)*
  Selene Harding Jackson (1846 - 1892)*
  Sarah Susan Harding (1847 - 1848)*
  Mary Elizabeth Harding Jackson (1850 - 1913)*
  William R. Harding (1854 - 1855)*
  M. Louise Stephenson Harding (1856 - 1856)*
  Infant Harding (1860 - 1860)*
  Amanda P. Harding McGavock (1807 - 1873)*
  William Giles Harding (1808 - 1886)
  Elizabeth V. Harding Clay (1810 - 1836)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Formerly buried in the Harding-Jackson Mausoleum at Belle Meade.Moved to Mount Olivet in 1906.
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Vincent Astor
Record added: Mar 18, 2009
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Gen William Giles Harding
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