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Warren G. Harding
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29th President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
Vice PresidentCalvin Coolidge
Preceded byWoodrow Wilson
Succeeded byCalvin Coolidge
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1915 – January 13, 1921
Preceded byTheodore E. Burton
Succeeded byFrank B. Willis
28th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 11, 1904 – January 8, 1906
GovernorMyron T. Herrick
Preceded byHarry L. Gordon
Succeeded byAndrew L. Harris
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 1, 1900 – January 4, 1904
Preceded byHenry May
Succeeded bySamuel H. West
Personal details
Born(1865-11-02)November 2, 1865
Near Blooming Grove, Ohio
DiedAugust 2, 1923(1923-08-02) (aged 57)
San Francisco, California
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Florence Kling Harding

Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) was the 29th president of the United States from 1921 until his death in 1923. Before becoming president, he was a senator and the lieutenant governor of Ohio. He was a Republican.

Harding was born in Ohio. Before he was in government, he was an important newspaper manager. He owned The Marion Star and made it become successful. He entered politics when he became a member of the Ohio State Senate from 1900 to 1904. After that, he became lieutenant governor for two years. In 1910, he ran to become Governor of Ohio, but did not win. He later ran in 1914 for the United States Senate, and he won.

In 1920, Harding ran for president and won. He defeated his opponent, James M. Cox, a Democrat, in a landslide. He was the first incumbent senator to be elected president.

As president, he . Harding was one of the most popular U.S. presidents at the time.

On August 2, 1923, while visiting San Francisco, he died from a heart attack. His vice president, Calvin Coolidge, replaced him after his death.

After his presidency, he soon became unpopular because many scandals were discovered. He is seen as one of the worst U.S. presidents.

After his death, a number of scandals, including Teapot Dome, came to light, as did his extramarital affair with Nan Britton; those eroded his popular regard.

Harding appointed a number of well-regarded figures to his cabinet, including Andrew Mellon at Treasury, Herbert Hoover at Commerce, and Charles Evans Hughes at the State Department. A major foreign policy achievement came with the Washington Naval Conference of 1921–1922, in which the world's major naval powers agreed on a naval limitations program that lasted a decade. Harding released political prisoners who had been arrested for their opposition to the World War. His cabinet members Albert B. Fall (Interior Secretary) and Harry Daugherty (Attorney General) were each later tried for corruption in office; Fall was convicted though Daugherty was not. These and other scandals greatly damaged Harding's posthumous reputation; he is generally regarded as one of the worst presidents in U.S. history. Harding died of a heart attack in San Francisco while on a western tour, and was succeeded by Vice President Calvin Coolidge.

Presidency, 1921– 1923[change | change source]

After World War I, he was elected on the promise to return the United States back to normal. He supported limited government in the economy. During his term, he lowered taxes and believed that the economy should not be regulated too much.

Warren G. Harding made the mistake of appointing his friends to high political positions. In result, they corruptly abused their power for their personal gain and several scandals happened during his presidency, including the infamous Teapot Dome scandal based in Teapot Dome in Wyoming and involving Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall. Other untrustworthy people included Edward Doheny and Harry Sinclair.

Death[change | change source]

He died in office of a heart attack in 1923 while he was visiting San Francisco.

Personal life[change | change source]

Harding cheated on his wife with Carrie Phillips, a family friend. She supported Germany during World War I. In fact, many people thought she was a spy.

He also cheated with Nan Britton, who was over 30 years younger than him. He fathered a child with Britton. Afterward, she wrote a book called The President's Daughter, telling her story, but most people didn't believe her. However, in 2015, DNA testing confirmed that she was telling the truth about the baby.

What happened after his death[change | change source]

His vice president Calvin Coolidge became president after he died.

Historians generally consider him one of the worst presidents because of all the scandals he was a part of.

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