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Warren Gamaliel Harding (1921-1923)

 Portrait, Warren Gamaliel Harding

Warren Gamaliel Harding

29th President of the United States
(March 4, 1921 to August 2, 1923)

Nickname: None listed.

Born: November 2, 1865, near Corsica (now Blooming Grove), Ohio
Died: August 2, 1923, in San Francisco, California

Father: George Tyron Harding

Mother: Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson Harding
Married: Florence Kling De Wolfe (1860-1924), on July 8, 1891
Children: Elizabeth Ann Christian (illegitimate child by Nan Britton) (1919- )

Religion: Baptist
Education: Graduated from Ohio Central College (1882)
Occupation: Editor-Publisher
Political Party: Republican
Other Government Positions:

  • Member of Ohio State Senate, 1900-04
  • Lieutenant-Governor of Ohio, 1904-06
  • United States Senator, 1915-21

Presidential Salary: $75,000/year

Vice President: Calvin Coolidge (1921-23)

Cabinet:

Secretary of State
Charles Evans Hughes (1921-23)
Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew W. Mellon (1921-23)
Secretary of War
John W. Weeks (1921-23)
Attorney General
Harry M. Daugherty (1921-23)
Postmaster General
William H. Hays (1921-22)
Hubert Work (1922-23)
Harry S. New (1923)
Secretary of the Navy
Edwin Denby (1921-23)
Secretary of the Interior
Albert B. Fall (1921-23)
Hubert Work (1923)
Secretary of Agriculture
Henry C. Wallace (1921-23)
Secretary of Commerce
Herbert C. Hoover (1921-23)
Secretary of Labor
James J. Davis (1921-23)

Notable Events:

  • 1921
    • Peace between Germany and Austria declared.
  • 1922
    • Beginning of the Teapot Dome Scandal
    • Fordney-McCumber Tariff Act

Points of Interest:

  • He was the first newspaper publisher to be elected president.
  • Both of Harding's parents were doctors.
  • He suffered nervous breakdowns at the age of 24 and had to spend some time in a sanitarium.
  • One of his sisters was a Washington, D.C. policewoman.
  • Harding was the first president to ride to his inauguration in an automobile.
  • He was the first president to own a radio and the first to speak over the radio airwaves.
  • Harding was the first president to visit Canada and Alaska.
  • While president, Harding played golf, poker twice a week, followed baseball and boxing, and sneaked off to burlesque shows. His advisors were known as the "Poker Cabinet" because they all played poker together.
  • Harding wore size fourteen shoes. He had the largest feet of the presidents.
  • Harding was the first president to be survived by his father.

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