HARDESTY, George Leslie (b. 1877)

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George Leslie Hardesty is a dental surgeon, has been in practice at Calhoun for over twenty years, and his business and civic activities give additional prominence to his career as one of the leading citizens of that community.

Doctor Hardesty was born on a farm, in Daviess County, Kentucky, July 3, 1877, a son of George G. and Jane (Murphy) Hardesty. His father, who spent his active life as a farmer, was born near Lebanon, Kentucky, son of Benedict Hardesty, also a native Kentuckian.  Jane Murphy was born in Daviess County, daughter of Matthew Murphy.

Doctor Hardesty is one of seven children reared by his parents on the farm, and he acquired his early education at Curdsville, attended St. Joseph Academy, Gethsemane College in Nelson County and Cecilian College in Hardin County, Kentucky.  He is a graduate of the dental school of the University of Louisville with the class of 1898, and the following year he opened his office in Calhoun.  He has kept in touch with the remarkable progress made in the dental profession during the present century, and is one of the able representatives of dentistry in the state.

Doctor Hardesty had the honor of being elected the first mayor of Calhoun when the city was incorporated.  He also helped organize the Green River Light and Water Company, and for several years was interested in the success of the party, a member of the Catholic Church and the Order of the Elks.  In 1903 he married Miss Annette Tichenor, of Calhoun.

Source: Kerr, Charles, William E. Connelley, and E M. Coulter. History of Kentucky. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1922. Page 264.

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