|Born||September 15, 1803|
Lincoln County, Georgia
|Occupation||Pastor, First Methodist Church|
The Reverend Dr. Charles Hardy was the fifth pastor of the First Methodist Church of Pensacola.
Born in 1803 in Lincoln County, Georgia, Hardy "embraced the faith of the gospel" at the age of seventeen, and three years later was "licensed to preach the gospel of salvation." Prior to his appointment to the Pensacola mission, Hardy worked near the French Broad River in the mountains of North Carolina, at Saluda and Georgetown in South Carolina, and at Savannah, Georgia.
Hardy took over at Pensacola in 1827, arriving on February 22. Interestingly, during his service in Pensacola, he performed the marriage of Major Francis L. Dade, U.S. Army, to Amanda Malvina. Dade would later perish at the "Dade Massacre" during the Second Seminole War; he is the namesake of Miami-Dade County, Florida, as well as other cities and counties.
- Hoskins, Frank W. (1928). The History of Methodism in Pensacola, Florida: Its Rise and Progress. Cokesbury Press. p. 29.
- Hoskins, p. 29.
- Hoskins, p. 34.