Claude Hardee was born July 15, 1912, in Conecuh County, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 1938 with a B.S. degree in agricultural education.
Hardee has devoted his entire live to the betterment of Alabama agriculture. He taught vocational agriculture at Beatrice High School for 30 years, until his retirement in 1970. During this time, he inspired many of his students to continue their education beyond high school.
As a farmer, Hardee developed a sizable cattle and timber operation, pioneering several practices that are now widely used. He has been a good steward of the soil, using soil conservation practices that have been a model for others.
Hardee is a long-time member of the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, was an early president of the Monroe County Association, and was Monroe County Cattleman of the Year. He has served as a director of the Alabama Quarter Horse Association and the Alabama Santa Gertrudis Association.
He served as director of the Production Credit Association for nearly 20 years, part of the time as chairman of the board. He was on the advisory board to the New Orleans Federal Intermediate Credit Bank.
Hardee is married to the former Oleen Garrett and they have three children.