Born: October 10, 1830, Winchester, Ohio.
Died: July 4, 1921, Kensington, Maryland.
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Franklin was the son of Ezra C. Hardin and Priscilla Rainey, and husband of Alice Barnes.
He initially worked as a blacksmith, then in 1850 was ordained a Methodist minister. He was a circuit rider throughout Indiana and Illinois, and a presiding elder in the Methodist Rock River Conference, which covered Chicago and northern Illinois.
During the American civil war, he served as a lieutenant colonel in the 57th Indiana Infantry.
If you know where to get a good photo of Hardin (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),