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Warren G. Harding

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The 29th U.S. Leader from 1921 until his loss of life in 1923. He was regarded as perhaps one of the most corrupt presidents ever sold due to his participation in the Teapot Dome scandal. He obtained ownership from the Marion Daily Superstar newspaper after functioning being a instructor and insurance guy. He was a devoted poker participant and onetime lost a whole set of classic White Home china within a hand. He wedded the girl of his nemesis, Florence Kling DeWolfe, in July 1891. He appointed upcoming leader Herbert Hoover as secretary of business.

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Full Name Warren G. Harding
Date Of Birth November 2, 1865
Died August 2, 1923, San Francisco, California, United States
Place Of Birth Blooming Grove, OH
Height 1.83 m
Profession US President
Education Ohio Central College
Nationality American
Spouse Florence Harding
Children Elizabeth Ann Blaesing
Parents Dr. George Tryon Harding, Sr., Phoebe Elizabeth Harding
Siblings Carolyn Harding Votaw
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Many historians have argued people only voted for him because he "looked presidential".
2According to one account, Harding himself once lamented that he was unfit to hold office.
3He was a heavy drinker and continued to be one even after the enaction of Prohibition, a policy that he supported in public but ignored behind closed doors.
4First U.S. President to deliver a speech over radio (June 14, 1922, when he spoke at the dedication of the Francis Scott Key memorial at Ft. McHenry, Baltimore (MD) on station WEAR).
5He used tobacco in all its forms - cigarettes, cigars, snuff, a pipe and chewing tobacco.
6When he died in 1923, he left the income from the bulk of his estate, valued at $850,000 to his wife Florence. He left his father the interest from $50,000 worth of government bonds. The principal, after the deaths of his wife and father, was to go to his brother and three sisters, except for the following bequests; $25,000 to the Marion Park Commission, $10,000 to each of his nieces and nephews, $4,000 to each of his wife's 2 grandchildren, $2,000 to Trinity to Baptist Church, and $1,000 to Episcopal St. Paul's Church.
7The fifth U.S. president to die in office. Ironically, all presidents to have died in office since the first (William Henry Harrison in 1841) were elected 20 years apart: Harrison in 1840, Abraham Lincoln in 1860, James Garfield in 1880, McKinley in 1900, Warren G. Harding in 1920, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Ronald Reagan (elected 1980) was the victim of an assassin's bullet in 1981, but he survived and broke the 120-year curse that had plagued the U.S. Presidency.
8His Cabinet was nicknamed the "Ohio gang" from their being friends of his. They often played poker and he once gambled and lost an entire White House China set.
9While President, Harding allegedly had assignations with his mistress, Nan Britton, in the closet of the Oval Office. She claimed that Harding was the father of her daughter, born in 1919, and had promised to support her. While there is no proof of the allegations, which were published by Britton in a book "The President's Daughter" (1927), she reportedly had been obsessed with Harding, a friend of her father's, since she was a girl.
10Had a torrid affair with Carrie Phillips, a friend of his wife's. Carrie was married to James Phillips, the co-owner of one of Marion, Ohio's leading department stores, the Uhler-Phillips Co. Charming, and a great beauty, Carrie eventually bedded the husband of her friend Florence Harding; Warren G. was then the owner-publisher of "The Marion Star" newspaper. Florence, whom her husband called "The Duchess," was outraged when she found out about the affair. Carrie Phillips was not the only one of her friends that her husband had committed adultery with, and apparently, Warren G.'s eye wandered even when he was in the White House.
11Although Harding was a very effective politician during his term his legacy has been stained by two scandals that came to light after his death. The first was a scandal involving an erroneous claim that his wife had poisoned her husband. The other was "The Teapot Dome Scandal" which involved an oil reserve in Teapot Dome Wyoming that was suppose to be reserved for the Navy but some members of his cabinet who felt that the Navy could be supplied by big oil companies began selling the oil to oil companies for an illegal kickback. Those kickback made some members of Harding's cabinet very rich men and the scandal broke when it became clear that their income had rapidly grown. Although it was never proven that Harding had a hand in the scandal, his reputation has to this day never recovered.
12Popularized the word "bloviate" which is a loud pronouncement of a pompous, boastful statement.
13President of the United States, 4 March 1921 - 2 August 1923 (died in office).
14Buried with his wife in the Harding Tomb, Marion, Ohio.
15Pictured on a US 1½¢ regular-issue postage stamp issued 19 March 1925.
16Pictured on the $2.00 US postage stamp in the Presidential Series, issued 29 September 1938.


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Redskins Pay Tribute to Big Chief Harding1921ShortHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cronkite Remembers1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Portraits of Presidents: Presidents of a World Power (1901-)1992Video documentaryHimself
Hollywood1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Age of Ballyhoo1973Video documentaryHimself
Project XX1956TV Series documentaryHimself - President
I Never Forget a Face1956Short documentaryHimself
This Was Yesterday1954Documentary shortHimself
The Naughty Twenties1951Documentary shortHimself
Fifty Years Before Your Eyes1950DocumentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself
Whirlpool1934Himself - President Warren G. Harding (uncredited)
Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Grave of the Zombie Antelope2013Himself
America's Book of Secrets2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Prohibition2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Presidents2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels2004TV Series documentaryHimself - President of the USA
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Kings of the Ring: Four Legends of Heavyweight Boxing2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History1999TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself

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#Quote
1[to White House aide Judson Welliver] Jud, you have a college education, haven't you? I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind. But I don't know where the book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it! There must be a man in the country somewhere who could weigh both sides and know the truth. Probably he is in some college or other. But I don't know where to find him. I don't know who he is, and I don't know how to get him. My God, this is a hell of a place for a man like me to be!
2[to noted editor William Allen White] My God, this is a hell of a job! I have no trouble with my enemies, I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends, my God-damn friends... they're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!
3Progressivism is not proclamation or palaver. It is not pretense nor play on prejudice. It is not of personal pronouns, nor perennial pronouncement. It is not the perturbation of a people passion-wrought, nor a promised proposed. [Placing President William Howard Taft's name in nomination at the 1912 Republican National Convention]
4America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality. [Speech in Boston, May 1920]
5[when asked by Connecticut Senator Frank Brandegee how he liked being President] Frank, it is hell! No other word can describe it.


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