Floyd was born in 1886 to Frank Barnes Hardin and Minnie Bathsheba Fuller Hardin in Geneva, IL. He was a 5th generation Methodist minister in a line going back before the American Revolutionary War. At the age of 16 he had his license to preach, and attended the Garrett Biblical Institute and the Northwestern Theological School in Evanston, IL.
At the outbreak of WW1 he was dismayed over the mobilization of Christian against Christian. He organized clergymen in a protest against war, which became known as the Christian Pacifists. This received wide national publicity and resulted in the arrest and conviction of Mr. Hardin and other clergymen on the charge of Unlawful Assembly. While serving 90 days in jail, he wrote a pamphlet titled "An Unlawful Assembly in Jail." Floyd, along with 4 others (including millionaire Prince Hopkins) were charged with conspiracy to violate the espionage act, and were indicted by a federal grand jury. They were accused of conspiracy to circulate "The Ethics of Murder" and "More Prussian than Prussia," two alleged seditious books written by Mr. Hopkins.
For many years Floyd was involved in the movement for a common world language. in 1907 he was actively campaigning for the adoption of an international auxiliary language. He was the founder, publisher and editor of the "International Language Review." The magazine circulated in some 50 nations, including Communist countries, and served as a clearing house for all matters connected with the international language movement. The publication was founded in 1955.
He was a chairman of the Committee for the Study and Research in Intercultural Communications of the National Society for the Study of Communications; board member of the Association for a World Language; board member of the Council on International Communications; and editor of International Shorthand Review and the Quarterly Review of Intercultural Communications.
Floyd was active in the Esperanto Society of the U.S. and was co-founder of the American School for Esperanto. He wrote many articles and poems in Esperanto.
As a member of the Bibliographical Center of Research at Denver, he was the author of a number of bibliographies, including Child Psychology and the Spanish Civil War. He was the author of a number of works on mathematics, philosophy and theology; notable among the latter are "War and the Moral Reconstruction of Theology" (1918) and "Outline of a New Theism." Floyd was also the author of many items in verse, some of which have been widely reprinted in anthologies of poetry.
His search for spiritual truth led him in later years to accept and become a member of the Bah'a'i Faith, a world religion.
Most of the information on Floyd Hardin is from first-hand knowledge as remembered by Kathy Edmond; as well as written family letters, Floyd's hand-written and typed sermons and notes and news clippings as referenced in the sources listed below.
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