1865 Warren Harding was born in Blooming Grove, Ohio.
1884 He and his partners purchased the Marion Star newspaper.
1891 Harding married Florence Kling DeWolfe
1898 Warren Harding is elected to the Ohio state legislature.
1914 Harding was elected to the U.S. Senate.
1920 Warren Harding was elected president.
1921 Harding appoints Herbert Hoover as Secretary of Commerce.
1922 Scandals about members of Harding administration become public.
1923 President Harding dies and Calvin Coolidge becomes President.
Warren G. Harding
His Airedale dog, Laddie Boy, delivered his newspaper each day. The dog had a birthday party and a cake made of dog biscuits. He also had his own chair for cabinet meetings.
He was the first President to broadcast over the radio. His speech at the dedication of the Francis Scott Key Memorial at Fort Mc Henry.
Harding was the first president to make his vice president part of his cabinet.
Harding coined the word "normalcy."
Nan Britton claimed in a sensational book, President's Daughter that Harding had fathered her daughter, Elizabeth Ann. Carrie Phillips, the wife of one of Harding's best friends, was involved in a 10-year affair with him. He also maintained a room next to the Oval Office for quick liaisons.
President Harding was the first President to visit Alaska and Canada during his term in office.
When Harding and his wife, Florence, went to Alaska Harding had a coffin taken along with him is case his wife died. She had been very ill earlier that year.
Harding hosted weekly poker games at the White House while he was president. Jess Smith, brought to the Justice Department by Attorney General Daugherty, guaranteed an ample supply of liquor for the games.
President Harding's Vice President was Calvin Coolidge (1921-1923).
Towards the end of his life the Tea Pot Dome Scandal came out in the newspapers. A person in his administration was in charge of protecting the US Oil Reserves. Instead of protecting them he leased nearby lad to oil developers. The developers paid bribes for the leases. Harding was never implicated in the scandal, but it hurt his record as a president.
When Harding died in 1923, there was no autopsy. Insiders came to believe that he had been poisoned by his wife to save him from the disgrace of his scandal-ridden administration. This has been rumored, but the evidence shows he died of a stroke.
He died while his wife was reading an article form the Saturday Evening Post to him.
Harding was president for 882 days. (A full four year term is 1,461 days.)
Warren G. Harding died in San Francisco, CA. He was 57 years and 273 days old. He is buried in Marion, Ohio.
They took his body back to Washington D.C. via a train. I was estimated that nearly nine million people stood silently along the tracks as the train traveled across the United States.
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