Warren G. Harding
|29th President of the United States|
March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923
|Vice President||Calvin Coolidge|
|Preceded by||Woodrow Wilson|
|Succeeded by||Calvin Coolidge|
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1915 – January 13, 1921
|Preceded by||Theodore E. Burton|
|Succeeded by||Frank B. Willis|
|28th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio|
January 11, 1904 – January 8, 1906
|Governor||Myron T. Herrick|
|Preceded by||Harry L. Gordon|
|Succeeded by||Andrew L. Harris|
|Member of the Ohio Senate|
from the 13th district
January 1, 1900 – January 4, 1904
|Preceded by||Henry May|
|Succeeded by||Samuel H. West|
|Born||November 2, 1865|
Near Blooming Grove, Ohio
|Died||August 2, 1923 (aged 57)|
San Francisco, California
|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.
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]
Personal life[change | change source]
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.