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Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Series VII: Family

Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Series VII: Family

Descriptive Summary

Title: Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Series VII: Family
Creator: Hardman, Lamartine Griffin, 1856-1937
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1953
Language: English
Extent: 13 box(es) (9.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/137/LGH_VII
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: Mrs. Hardman (Emma Wiley Griffin) maintained the majority of family-related papers in this series. Included are early photographs of Governor Hardman, genealogical information, courtship letters, and marriage congratulations. This series also contains various family letters from 1908 to 1953, letters and cards of sympathy on the death of Hardman in 1937, Mrs. Hardman's household financial papers, material documenting her world tour in 1953, and cards received during her illness in 1953. Her obituaries from several newspapers were added to the file. Additional family correspondence for the years 1927 to 1933 can be found in Series V. Governor, B. Office Correspondence.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Reputedly one of the wealthiest men in North Georgia at the turn of the century, Dr. Lamartine Griffin Hardman was a man who had diverse interests in a number of areas. Physician, businessman, manufacturer, farmer and statesman: Hardman's versatile career embodied the full spirit of the Progressive Era in the South. He was truly a Renaissance man.

One of eleven children, Lamartine Griffin Hardman was born on April 14, 1856 in Harmony Grove (now Commerce), Georgia to Dr. William Benjamin Johnson and Susan Elizabeth Colquitt Hardman. His father was a physician and Baptist minister. Hardman inherited his political aspirations from the Colquitt side of the family, which counted among its members four governors in Georgia and Texas.

Hardman first followed his father's footsteps by attending medical college. He graduated from the Georgia Medical College in Augusta in 1876 and opened his own practice in Commerce later in that year. He then furthered his medical training at Bellevue Hospital in New York, and pursued post-graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the New York Polyclinic and Guy Hospital in London, from which he received a second degree in 1890.

Returning home after nearly a decade and a half out of the South, Hardman opened his own medical practice in Commerce, and later joined his brother, William B. Hardman, in establishing the Hardman Sanatorium in 1899. "They introduced into the hospital advanced apparatus," claimed journalist Louie Newton, "and before 1900 Dr. L. G. Hardman was a nationally known physician." The sanatorium served a large numbers of patients throughout northeast Georgia until 1945.

During this period, Hardman experimented in the field of anesthetics. He had completely anesthetized an animal by injecting tincture of Indian Hemp (cannabis indica) into the femoral vein of a dog. This work brought him into close touch with the earlier work of Dr. Crawford W. Long. Long was well known in medical history as a pioneer in the use of ether as an anesthetic during surgery in the 1840s in nearby Jefferson.

Besides his medical practice and research, Hardman was committed to creating manufacturing enterprises to stimulate economic growth in rural north Georgia. In 1893, Hardman founded the Harmony Grove Cotton Mills. He later established the Hardman Roller Mills, also in Commerce.

While he was creating a local manufacturing boom in Commerce, Hardman was also investing in farmlands. By 1900, he was among the largest farmers in Georgia, owning land in seven counties and in Florida. From walnuts to livestock, Hardman was an example of a successful scientific farmer. He conducted a variety of experiments on his produce, and if successful, shared his new methods with his neighbors. His commitment to agriculture innovation was reflected in his active service as a trustee of the Georgia State College of Agriculture in Athens. This would later become the Agriculture College at the University of Georgia.

As if such enterprises did not fully consume his time and energies, Hardman accepted the challenge of political life with encouragement from his friends and colleagues. He was elected to the Georgia legislature in 1902 as a representative from Jackson County. He served in the House until 1907, when he was elected state senator, an office he held through 1908. He returned to the House for a final term in 1909. During his tenure in the General Assembly, Hardman introduced considerable legislation, including a bill requiring public schools to offer basic agriculture courses; a measure petitioning the United States Congress to authorize a commission to conduct a drainage survey of Georgia; an act furnishing free treatment for hydrophobia, utilizing the Pasteur method; and legislation establishing the State Board of Health.

In 1907, Dr. Hardman, along with W. A. Covington and W. J. Neel, authored the prohibition bill banning legalized whiskey in Georgia. Upon its passage, he received much acclaim, with favorable mail from around the country congratulating him on this early victory for the Prohibition movement. As both a physician and son of a Baptist minister, Hardman believed that alcohol was destructive to the human body and that no good could come from its use.

For more personal reasons, 1907 was also an important year for Hardman. At the age of fifty-one, he married the twenty-five year old Emma Wiley Griffin, from a socially prominent family in Valdosta. They had met in 1901 when introduced by W. W. Landrum, an Atlanta preacher. On a bet, Reverend Landrum promised to introduce the matrimony-proof Hardman to a young woman in Valdosta if on their wedding day he would give the Baptist mission $1,000. After six years of courtship they married, and had four children together.

During World War I, Hardman served as the U. S. Fuel Administrator for Georgia. After two unsuccessful gubernatorial campaigns in 1914 and 1916, he was finally elected governor in 1926 (at the age of seventy-four) in a run-off election over John Holder, who had generated controversy for fiscal improprieties as head of the state highway board. In 1928, he comfortably defeated E. D. Rivers in his bid for re-election as the state's chief executive.

Governor Hardman promised to give the state a businesslike administration, eliminating waste and extravagance. In his second inaugural address in 1929, he declared: "It is apparent in our state, and indeed in most, if not all the states in the Union, that there is a need and a demand for a more modern, businesslike arrangement of operating the state's affairs." He went on in that speech to recommend the creation of an agriculture college as part of the University of Georgia, and the preservation of the "the majesty and enforcement of the law."

Unfortunately, Hardman proposed this ambitious agenda just before the stock market crash and the onset of the Great Depression. Given the ensuing climate, the legislature was in no mood to embrace dramatic changes of this sort. Nevertheless, Hardman could claim more minor achievements for his administration. During his governorship, the state capitol was remodeled, the Rhodes home in Atlanta was accepted as a depository for the state archives, and a plant to produce license tags was established. His most significant achievement was in laying the groundwork for a comprehensive reorganization of the state's government, the Allen Commission on Simplification and Coordination, headed by Ivan Allen, Sr., that would be put into effect by Hardman's successor, Richard B. Russell, Jr.

Hardman was seventy-seven years old when he relinquished the governor's office in 1933. He returned to Commerce, where he lived the last four years of his life. He died of a heart ailment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on February 18, 1937.

Scope and Content

Mrs. Hardman (nee Emma Wiley Griffin) maintained the majority of family-related papers in this series. Included are early photographs of Governor Hardman, genealogical information, courtship letters, and marriage congratulations. This series also contains various family letters from 1908 to 1953, letters and cards of sympathy on the death of Hardman in 1937, Mrs. Hardman's household financial papers, material documenting her world tour in 1953, and cards received during her illness in 1953. Her obituaries from several newspapers were added to the file. Additional family correspondence for the years 1927 to 1933 can be found in Series V. Governor, B. Office Correspondence.

The early diaries kept by Emma Griffin Hardman (1901 to 1902 and 1904 to 1905) offer a rare glimpse into the life of a young woman in turn-of-the-century Georgia. Mrs. Hardman and the governor's secretary also kept very detailed diaries during Hardman's gubernatorial years, 1927 to 1931. In addition to chronicling Georgia politics, these diaries also record trips, visits by dignitaries, and everyday life at the Governor's Mansion.

Emma Griffin's yearbook and diploma from Southern Home School in Baltimore, along with other large documents, have not been microfilmed.

Organization and Arrangement

Loosely arranged by topic.


Administrative Information

User Restrictions

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

Preferred Citation

Lamartine Griffin Hardman Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Processing Note

During the arrangement and description process, archivists noted that many of the manuscripts were very fragile and in need of preservation work. After Hardman's death in 1937 his papers were moved to Harmony Grove Mills for storage. When the Hardman family sold the mill in 1990 the papers were transferred to the basement of the First Commerce Bank in Commerce, GA. Shortly after the papers arrived at the Russell Library, archivists observed that the collection had suffered serious deterioration from poor paper quality. Additionally, many of the pulp paper carbons of Hardman's correspondence had become very brittle and were literally breaking into pieces. The more these originals were handled, the more fragile they became. These papers required transfer to an additional format to ensure the information would be available for current and future researchers. After discussions with the Hardman family in 1997, Russell Library archivists proposed a project to microfilm the collection.

Thanks to a generous grant through the Harmony Grove Foundation, the Hardman Preservation Microfilming Project began in January 1998. The library hired a microfilm preservation specialist to prepare the collection for filming and to supervise the filming project, which was conducted in cooperation with Computer Hardware, Imaging and Preservation Services (CHIPS) at the University of Georgia Libraries. Items in each folder of the collection were re-arranged alphabetically or chronologically (depending on the nature of the material), a task that took well over a year to complete. Items not selected for filming routinely included duplicates, household bills and receipts, cancelled checks, invitations, greeting cards, photographs, advertisements and promotional pamphlets, and non-print memorabilia. Material to be filmed was then counted, programmed onto individual reels, targeted and microfilmed according to Research Libraries Group (RLG) guidelines--a process that ultimately produced 153 reels of microfilm, or roughly one reel per linear foot of manuscript material. Reels for research use are housed at the Russell Library. Master negatives are stored at the Georgia Department of Archives and History in Atlanta; copy negatives are housed at the University of Georgia Libraries. A microfilm reel finding aid, keyed to the collection finding aid, is available to assist researchers.

Access Restrictions

Use of microfilm recommended.

Copyright Information

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Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2000.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Commerce (Ga.)
Diaries.
Georgia. Governor (1927-1931: Hardman)
Hardman, Emma
Valdosta (Ga.)
Women -- Georgia -- Diaries.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Georgia.

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Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

VII. Family, 1900-1953

13 box(es)
(6 linear feet)
Mrs. Hardman (nee Emma Wiley Griffin) maintained the majority of family-related papers in this series. Included are early photographs of Governor Hardman, genealogical information, courtship letters, and marriage congratulations. This series also contains various family letters from 1908 to 1953, letters and cards of sympathy on the death of Hardman in 1937, Mrs. Hardman's household financial papers, material documenting her world tour in 1953, and cards received during her illness in 1953. Her obituaries from several newspapers were added to the file. Additional family correspondence for the years 1927 to 1933 can be found in Series V. Governor, B. Office Correspondence.The early diaries kept by Emma Griffin Hardman (1901 to 1902 and 1904 to 1905) offer a rare glimpse into the life of a young woman in turn-of-the-century Georgia. Mrs. Hardman and the governor's secretary also kept very detailed diaries during Hardman's gubernatorial years, 1927 to 1931. In addition to chronicling Georgia politics, these diaries also record trips, visits by dignitaries, and everyday life at the Governor's Mansion.Emma Griffin's yearbook and diploma from Southern Home School in Baltimore, along with other large documents, have not been microfilmed.
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11Courtship letters [microfilm reel #145]
12Congratulations on marriage [microfilm reel #145], March-April 1907
13Letters [microfilm reel #145], 1907-1920
14Letters [microfilm reel #145], 1920-1932
15Death of Mrs. W. B. Hardman (clippings) [microfilm reel #145]
16Death of Mrs. J. N. Griffin [microfilm reel #145]
boxfolder
21Letters [microfilm reel #145], 1930s
22Letters [microfilm reel #145], 1930s-1940s
23Clippings, programs, club booklets [not filmed]
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31Biographical items [microfilm reel #145]
32Dr. Hardman's billfold (contents) [not filmed]
33Telegrams of Sympathy on death of Dr. LGH [microfilm reel #146]
34Letters of Sympathy, A-M [microfilm reel #146]
35Letters of Sympathy, N-Z [microfilm reel #146]
36Death of L. G. Hardman [not filmed], 1937 February
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41Emma G. Hardman Letters [microfilm reel #146], 1940s
42Programs, booklets [not filmed], 1940s, 1950s
43Finances, Taxes [not filmed], 1947-1951
44Household finances [not filmed], 1952-1953
45Memorials, club dues, investments [not filmed], 1953
boxfolder
51-4Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs World Tour (EGH) [folders 1-2, 4 - not filmed] [folder 3 - microfilm reel #146], 1953
boxfolder
61Correspondence re: World Tour [microfilm reel #146], 1953
62Illness of EGH [microfilm reel #146], December 1953
63Correspondence, clippings re: L. G. Hardman Jr. [microfilm reel #146]
64Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs [not filmed], 1953
65Baptist Church [not filmed]
66Clippings on varied interests [microfilm reel #146]
67Travel [not filmed]
68[Clippings: Sue Hardman, Josephine , Mrs. J. N. Griffin, death of Lamartine Hardmman] [not filmed], 1925-1940
69[Legal Petition concerning the will of Lamartine G. Hardman] [not filmed], 1942
610[Letter from Lamartine Hardman to Emma Hardman] [not filmed], 1934 May 16
611[Certificate of Marriage: Lamartine and Emma Hardman] [photostat; not filmed], 1907 March 26
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71-4EGH Financial papers (paid bills, bank statements, check stubs) [not filmed]
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8Booklets and brochures from countries Mrs. Hardman visited on Georgia Federation of Women's Clubs world tour [not filmed], 1953
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9Diaries kept by Emma Griffin, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1905 [microfilm reel #147], 1901-1905
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9.2Diaries kept by Emma G. Hardman 1927, 1928 [microfilm reel #147], 1927-1928
9.2Emma Griffin's hand lettered yearbook from Southern Home School in Baltimore, MD [not filmed], 1900
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10Diaries kept by Emma G. Hardman [microfilm reel #147], 1929-1931
10Guest book [microfilm reel #147], 1925-1936
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111Diploma from Southern Home School, Baltimore, MD, for Emma Wiley Griffin [not filmed], May 1900
112Appointment of Mrs. Hardman to Advisory Committee N. Y. World's Fair [not filmed], 1939
113Certificate of membership, D.A.R., Mrs. Emma Griffin Hardman [not filmed]
114Certificate of membership, U.D.C., Miss Emma Wiley Griffin [not filmed]
115Certificate of membership, D.A.R., Miss Josephinem Staten Griffin [not filmed]
116Diploma, Convention Normal Course, Southern Baptist Convention, Mrs. J. N. Griffin [not filmed]
117Tribute to Governor Hardman by the governor's staff [not filmed]
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13[Bible used by Lamartine Hardman when he was sworn in as Governor of Georgia and by Linton Collins when he was sworn in as a judge in the U.S. Court of Claims], circa 1927