Bayless Evans Hardin (January 3, 1912 - April 15, 1956) was the Secretary-Treasurer for the Kentucky Historical Society from 1947 - 1956. Hardin was born near Frankfort, Kentucky and had been associated with the Kentucky Historical Society beginning in 1937 at the age of 25. He was an influential member of the Historical Society and a prolific writer. He published numerous articles in The Register, the publication of the Kentucky Historical Society, both signed and unsigned. He served as the The Register’s editor from January 1947 until his death in 1956. One of Hardin’s most influential works remained unpublished at the time of his death, a six-volume history of the city of Frankfort and Franklin County. Hardin was active in many aspects of life in Kentucky, particularly in Frankfort, and founded the Frankfort Art Club.