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 Thomas William Hardwick

Thomas William Hardwick

Birth
Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, USA
Death 31 Jan 1944 (aged 71)
Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, USA
Burial Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, USA
Plot From main gate turn left at third cross street, Hardwick-Rawlings
Memorial ID 7829631 · View Source
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U.S. Senator, Georgia Governor. He was a Georgia politician who ran as Democrat; a lawyer who served as the prosecutor of Washington County from 1895 to 1897; a member of the Georgia House of Representatives from 1898 to 1902; and served in the United States House of Representatives representing the 10th District from 1903 to 1904. He ran for the U. S. Senate seat left with the 1914 death of Senator Augustus O. Bacon; he won and served until 1919. While Senator, he co- sponsored the Immigration Act of 1917, which would detain and remove foreign-born anarchists, antiwar protestors and member of the radical labor unions such as the Industrial Workers of the World from entering the United States. On April 29, 1919, a radical protestor, Luigi Galleani, sent a booby-trap bomb to the Senator's home in attempt to kill him which failed. He lost the re-election to be Senator. From 1921 to 1923, he was elected to the office of the Governor of the State of Georgia but failed to get re-elected as he did not support the actions of the Ku-Klux-Kan. He did appoint Rebecca Felton to fill the vacated Senate seat when Tom Watson died. She was the first woman to serve in the United States Senate; she served only one day. He ran for the Senate seat twice more, but lost. He was well-educated after graduating from Mercer College in Macon and receiving his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia He continued to practice law until his death.

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  • Originally Created by: Tim Crutchfield
  • Added: 2 Sep 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7829631
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas William Hardwick (9 Dec 1872–31 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7829631, citing Old City Cemetery, Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .