Harding - from birth to death

The 29th President's Life

Warren Harding - start and finish

November 2, 1865 - August 2, 1923

Warren Harding was born in Caledonia, OH. He died after two years in office supposedly of a heart attack. He had been feeling ill, and later died. It is speculated that his wife, Florence, killed him because she thought he was having affairs with other women. After his death, it became known that he supported another woman's child, possibly his.

Childhood

1869 - 1880

Warren was the oldest of 8 children. He enjoyed playing at the local creek in the summer. He also enjoyed playing in the village band, and attended a one room school.

College Years

1880 - 1882

Harding went to college at Ohio Central College. He was the commencement speaker at his graduation.

Newspaper reporter and newspaper owner

1882 - 1900

Harding worked for a struggling newspaper, and eventually bought it and made it better.

Marriage to Florence "Flossie" Kling DeWolf

July 8, 1891 - August 2, 1923

Flossie had a son, Marshall, from a previous marriage. This was Harding's only child. Flossie was a wealthy divorcee. She was very supportive of her husband, and said, "I have only one real hobby, my husband." She encouraged him to run for political office.

Lieutenant Governor of Ohio

1904 - 1906

Senator for Ohio

1915 - 1921

29th President of the United States of America

1921 - 1923

Harding's party was the Republican party. He ran with the slogan "A return to Normalcy" because the country was struggling after World War I and people were going through hard times. He did not do anything heroic. He supported business and wanted to limit immigration, as well as lower taxes for the rich and corporations. However, he did support civil liberties for African Americans.

Matewan Mine disputes

August, 1921

President Harding, having issued two proclamations to keep the peace, finally used military force including Martin MB-1 bombers that deployed gas and explosive bombs. Federal troops arrived on September 2, forcing the miners to flee to their homes and hostilities ended on September 4; 50 to 100 miners had been killed, as well as 30 strike busters, in the fighting.

Teapot Dome Scandal

1922 - 1923

Albert Fall, who was Harding's Secretary of the Interior, leased oil rich lands in Wyoming to companies in return for personal loans. This was bad because he was taking advantage of the oil by loaning it to companies, and made them give him money. Since Albert Fall was appointed by Harding, this showed that Harding wasn't picking the right people to do the right jobs.