Warren G Harding Facts

Warren G Harding Facts
Warren G Harding was the 29th United States President. At the time of his death he was one of the most popular presidents in history but today he is rated as one of the worst. He was born November 2, 1865, in Blooming Grove, Ohio, to Phoebe Elizabeth Harding and George Tyron Harding. His father was a school teacher and farmer and later a doctor, and his mother was a state licensed midwife. Warren was often referred to as Winnie when he was young. He had 7 younger siblings. The Harding family were abolitionists. After moving to Caledon, Ohio, in 1870, Harding's father acquired the local newspaper and Harding began to learn the business from the age of 11. Harding attended Ohio Central College in Iberia at the age of 14. He graduated in 1882, and went on to work as a teacher and newspaper man.
Interesting Warren G Harding Facts:
Warren G Harding built the newspaper The Star during the late 1880s.
As the town of Marion grew, Harding's paper grew as well.
Harding met Florence Mabel Kling DeWolfe - the daughter of a local developer and banker, whom Harding attacked in his newspaper on multiple occasions.
Florence married a man named Peter DeWolfe but divorced him after giving birth to their son.
In 1886 Harding was courting Florence, who was also a piano teacher and taught Harding's sister.
Harding and Florence married on July 8th, 1891.
In 1899 Warren G Harding decided to run for Ohio State Senator. He served as US Senator from 1915 to 1921. He also was elected as lieutenant governor of Ohio.
Warren Harding was nominated to run for US President as a result of the convention not being able to choose a candidate. Calvin Coolidge was his running mate.
Warren Harding won the election - it was also the first election in which women were allowed to vote.
Warren Harding ordered the desegregation in the District of Columbia and in the White House. He also was adamantly opposed to the lynching of African-Americans and spoke out against it.
Warren Harding was implicated in the Teapot Dome scandal. This occurred because of the fact that many of his friends were put into positions of influence and power following his election as US President.
Warren's friend Albert Fall, who served as Secretary of the Interior, sold the rights to Teapot Dome oil reserves in Wyoming. He was tried and sentenced to jail for selling the rights in exchange for cattle and money.
During Warren's time in office a number of foreign treaties were entered, including the Five Powers Treaty, the Four Powers Treaty, and the Nine Powers Treaty.
Warren G Harding pardoned Eugene V. Debs who had been arrested for speaking out against WWI and sentenced to 10 years.
Harding was accused of extramarital affairs, including a close friend of his wife, and a woman named Nan Britton who had a child that Harding paid child support for.
Warren G Harding died on August 2nd, 1923 after suffering what is believed to be cardiac arrest.

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