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Abner C. Harding
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1869
Preceded by Charles M. Harris
Succeeded by John B. Hawley
Personal details
Born (1807-02-10)February 10, 1807
East Hampton, Connecticut
Died July 19, 1874(1874-07-19) (aged 67)
Monmouth, Illinois
Political party Republican
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1862–1863
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War

Abner Clark Harding (February 10, 1807 – July 19, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Born in East Hampton, Connecticut, Harding attended Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Oneida County, New York, about 1827. In 1838, he moved to Monmouth, Illinois, and continued practicing law. He served as member of the State constitutional convention in 1848, and was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives the same year, serving until 1850.

During the Civil War, Harding enlisted as a private in the Union Army in the 83rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Later he was commissioned as a colonel, and was promoted to brigadier general in March 1863. He was forced to resign due to deteriorating eyesight a few months later.

From 1865 to 1869, Harding served as a Republican member of Congress. During the 39th Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Militia. However, he was not a candidate for reelection in 1868 after serving in the 40th Congress, and later engaged in banking and railroad building. He died in Monmouth, Illinois on July 19, 1874, and was interred in Monmouth Cemetery.

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