Warren G. Harding Justine Bolling

Warren G. Harding was the 29th president, from Ohio, in office from 1921-1923.

Early Life

Harding was born on November 2nd, 1865, in Blooming Grove, Ohio. He was nicknamed "Winnie" as a child, and was the oldest of eight children. At age 14, he enrolled at Ohio Central College in Iberia, Where he and his friend started a newspaper called the Iberia Spectator. While he was at college, his family moved to Marion, Ohio, where he joined his family after he graduated. He loved Marion, and enjoyed their way of life even after taking office. At 18, he used his previous newspaper experience to purchase another failing paper called The Marion Star. He used the railroad pass that came with the paper to attend the 1884 Republican National Convention. Harding soon turned his attention from newspapers to politics.

State Senator

Harding began his four years as state senator barely known, but at the end he was one of the most popular figures in the Ohio republican party. He won the votes over to serve a second term, which wasn't common at the time in Ohio. He soon met Harry M. Daugherty, who was a second term member of the House of Representatives. After the two met and had a conversation, Daugherty commented, "Gee, what a great looking President he'd make."


After he was senator, Harding announced he would run for governor of Ohio. He, again, won the race, and many people agree that he did very well as governor. Through all of his time in office prior to the presidential election, he was able to gain a good amount of followers in the Republican party.


With Daugherty as his campaign manager, Harding entered the race in 1920 with immense confidence. With Harding's writing efforts, Daugherty's campaign management, and their familiarity with the Ohio government (which was the most important to them for the republican vote) the two were able to pull ahead and win the race with a 60.2% popular vote (after a rough primary, of course). He was sworn into office on March 4th, 1921, in a low-key inauguration (he didn't want the usual parade). His foreign policy involved reduction of the massive war debt owed to the U.S., hardening his stance in the League of Nations, and peacemaking with other nations. He also lowered income tax, adjusted tariff rates, supported the ride to normalize electricity, improved the highway system, and urged for equal rights for racial issues.


Harding went to bed early the night of July 27, 1923, complaining of upper abdominal pains. He often suffered from dietary issues, so nobody thought much of it until he later experienced heart issues. Doctors later realized that he didn't only have a heart issue, but was suffering from pneumonia at the same time. He remained in the hospital after that, slowly getting better. On the night of August 2, 1923, his wife was reading him a story, when we started convulsing suddenly. Unable to save him, doctors announced him dead later that night. He ended up dying of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 57. His death came as a great shock to the nation, and he was buried in the Marion Cemetery.

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