April 14 – Happy Birthday Charles E. Hardies Sr.

CeHardies2Charles E. Hardies was brought into this World under quite fortunate circumstances on April 14, 1878. His father August Hardies was a well-to-do broom manufacturer who was able to provide Charles, his brother and three sisters a more than comfortable childhood in their Ft. Hunter home. Charles attended public schools in Ft. Hunter and Fonda, graduating from high school at the age of 17 in 1895. He was an exceptionally bright young man and he was able to secure a clerkship in the Amsterdam law offices of Montgomery County Supreme Court Justice Henry V. Borst. Hardies studied law under Boorst for the next three years, gaining admittance to the New York State Bar in 1899 at the age of 21.

He would spend the next nine years practicing law as Boorst’s associate. Before that association ended, Hardies had been elected Montgomery County district attorney in 1907 and married Cohoes native Grace Beattie in 1908.

Hardies stablished a masterful record as the county DA. He handled the disposition and trials of over 500 indictments with only …

The rest of Charles Hardies’ birthday post will be published in the second editionof A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which will be available for sale right after Thanksgiving. To make sure you get your hands on one of the first copies, join my mailing list here.

The first edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam NY Birthdays, which features my birthday posts for 320 current or former Amsterdam residents, is currently being sold at Liberty Fresh Market, on Route 30 in Amsterdam. You can also purchase it online here.

This former Amsterdam public safety commissioner also celebrated his birthday on April 14.

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