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History of Kentucky The Blue Grass State, Volume III Illustrated, The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, Chicago-Louisville, 1928.
Among the members of the legal profession in Campbell county, Thomas W. Hardesty, Jr., has gained quick recognition as an able and reliable lawyer, his record having been one that reflects great credit on him. He was born in Newport, Kentucky, on the 26th of June, 1902, and is a son of Thomas W. and Gertrude (Wood) Hardesty. The father was born and reared in Cincinnati, where he has spent the greater part of his life. He owns and operates one of the largest and most prosperous florist establishments in southern Ohio. He is of pure English parentage, his parents having come to this country many years ago. He is a man of prominence and influence in his city, in the welfare of which he has always shown a deep interest. He served for many years as a member of the school board of Fort Thomas and aided in putting the schools of that city among the best in the state of Kentucky. The mother was born in Newport, also of English parentage, and has devoted herself closely to the interests of Fort Thomas, where the family home is maintained. She ie especially interested in Women’s Club work, being a member of the state organization.
Thomas W. Hardesty, Jr., was reared at Fort Thomas, where he attended the public schools, graduating from high school, and he then entered the law school of the University of Kentucky, where he was graduated, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, in 1924. He at once entered upon the practice of his profession and has won flattering success, being especially effective as a criminal lawyer. Politically, Mr. Hardesty gives his support to the republican party, and he is a communicant of the Protestant Episcopal church. He is a member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and the Fort Thomas Council, Junior Order of United American Mechanics. While at the university, he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and he is now a member of the Campbell County Bar Association, the Kentucky State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Of keen and alert mentality, he is a constant and close student of his profession and maintains a commendable interest in public affairs. He is genial and companionable and numbers among his acquaintances a host of warm friends.