A. E. Pardue was born near Cheap Hill, Cheatham Co., Tenn., and is the youngest of six children born to the marriage of Oliver Pardue and Erilla Reeves, who were born in North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. Our subject received but limited school advantages, and is now a self-educated man. His mother died when he was quite small, and the family was separated, he going to Illinois to live with an uncle. He returned to Tennessee after a period of five years, and then went to the blue-grass State, where he lived with his brother for two years. He then returned to Tennessee and enlisted in the Second Tennessee Regiment, Confederate States Army, under Col. Bates and Capt. Chaney, and served four years, participating in the battles of Bull Run, Shiloh, Franklin, Perryville, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Missionary Ridge, Nashville and many skirmishes. He was wounded at the latter battle. December 28, 1871, he wedded Miss Bettie Edwards, a native of Dickson County. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian and Methodist Episcopal Churches, respectively. Since the war Mr. Pardue has resided on the homestead place, the plantation containing over 1,200 acres of valuable land, all of which he has earned himself. He is a stanch Democrat and highly respected citizen of the county, and in connection with his farming is a forwarding and commission merchant.