BENJAMIN F. HARDEN, M.D., prominent in the medical profession and in social and public affairs of Brooke county, was born in Schenectady county, N. Y., April 17, 1857. He is a descendant of James Harden, a native of Bennington, Vt., who was one of the eighty boys enlisted and drilled by Ethan Allen, and afterward took part in the battle of Bunker Hill. This revolutionary hero died in 1826 aged sixty-eight years. He married a Miss Maynard, and one of their children was Benjamin, who married Phoebe Tripp, and died in 1863 at the age of sixty-six years. Their son James S., still an esteemed citizen of Schenectady county, N. Y., is the father of the subject of this sketch. James S. was born in New York, has been by occupation, a farmer, and in the early days, was a captain of militia. He married Mary Morse, also of New York, a consistent member of the Methodist church, and a devoted Christian, as were all her family. She died in 1874, aged forty-five. Dr. Benjamin F. Harden, the oldest of the seven children of the above was reared to his eighteenth year on the farm and then began attendance at the Franklin academy in Delaware county, N. Y. After his graduation there in 1877, he taught school two years and then read medicine with Dr. Paul Roach. He completed his professional education at the medical department of the University of New York city, and at the Jefferson Medical college of Philadelphia, graduating at the latter institution in 1881. In April of the same year, he settled at Wellsburg, where he has since met with notable success in the practice of his profession. In politics Mr. Harden is a republican. He is much interested in fraternal organizations, and is a member of the Masonic order, Wheeling chapter, R. A. M., the I. O. O. F, Knights of Pythias, and the order of American Mechanics. The doctor was married in September 1884 to Lou, daughter of John and Martha Cornell, of New Cumberland, W. Va. and they have one child, Marie.
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