1865 - 1923 (57 years)
Has more than 100 ancestors and one descendant in this family tree.
||Warren Gamaliel Harding |
||29th President |
||2 Nov 1865
||Blooming Grove, Ohio
||2 Aug 1923
||Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California
||13 Jan 2002 |
||Dr. George Tyron Harding, b. 12 Jun 1844, Blooming Grove, Ohio , d. 19 Nov 1928, Santa Ana, Calif. (Age 84 years) |
||Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson, b. 21 Dec 1843, near Blooming Grove , d. 20 May 1910, Marion (Age 66 years) |
||7 May 1864
||7 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- - US President No. 29
Won the 1920 election - the first in which women participated - over James M. Cox and Eugene V. Debs by a popular vote of 16,143,407 to 9,130,328 and 919,799, and an electoral vote of 404 to 127 and 0. Chose as vice-president his successor Calvin Coolidge.
Before his nomination, Warren G. Harding declared, "America'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...."
A Democratic leader, William Gibbs McAdoo, called Harding's speeches "an army of pompous phrases moving across the landscape in search of an idea." Their very murkiness was effective, since Harding's pronouncements remained unclear on the League of Nations, in contrast to the impassioned crusade of the Democratic candidates, Governor James M. Cox of Ohio and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thirty-one distinguished Republicans had signed a manifesto assuring voters that a vote for Harding was a vote for the League.
But Harding interpreted his election as a mandate to stay out of the League of Nations. Harding, born near Marion, Ohio, in 1865, became the publisher of a newspaper. He married a divorce, Mrs. Florence Kling De Wolfe. He was a trustee of the Trinity Baptist Church, a director of almost every important business, and a leader in fraternal organizations and charitable enterprises. He organized the Citizen's Cornet Band, available for both Republican and Democratic rallies; "I played every instrument but the slide trombone and the E-flat cornet," he once remarked. Harding's undeviating Republicanism and vibrant speaking voice, plus his willingness to let the machine bosses set policies, led him far in Ohio politics. He served in the state Senate and as Lieutenant Governor, and successfully ran for Governor. He delivered the nominating address for President Taft at the 1912 Republican Convention. In 1914 he was elected to the Senate, which he found "a very pleasant place." An Ohio admirer, Harry Daugherty, began to promote Harding for the 1920 Republican nomination because, he later explained, "He looked like a President." Thus a group of Senators, taking control of the 1920 Republican Convention when the principal candidates deadlocked, turned to Harding. He won the Presidential election by an unprecedented landslide of 60 percent of the popular vote.
Republicans in Congress easily got the President's signature on their bills. They eliminated wartime controls and slashed taxes, established a Federal budget system, restored the high protective tariff, and imposed tight limitations upon immigration. By 1923 the postwar depression seemed to be giving way to a new surge of prosperity, and newspapers hailed Harding as a wise statesman carrying out his campaign promise--"Less government in business and more business in government." Behind the facade, not all of Harding's Administration was so impressive. Word began to reach the President that some of his friends were using their official positions for their own enrichment. Alarmed, he complained, "My...friends...they're the ones that keep me walking the floors nights!" Looking wan and depressed, Harding journeyed westward in the summer of 1923, taking with him his upright Secretary of Commerce, Herbert Hoover. "If you knew of a great scandal in our administration," he asked Hoover, "would you for the good of the country and the party expose it publicly or would you bury it?" Hoover urged publishing it, but Harding feared the political repercussions. He did not live to find out how the public would react to the scandals of his administration. In August of 1923, he died in San Francisco of a heart attack.
1882-1883 teacher at the White Schoolhouse, near Marion, Ohio.
1883 employed by the Marion Mirror.
1884 bought the Marion Star
1886 Member of the Republican Co Committee.
1890 Member of the Marion Board of Trade.
1895 County Auditor for Marion
1901-1904 Ohio State Senator where he was a Member of the Finance, the Ditches and Drains, the Medical Colleges and Universities, and the Privilege and Elections Committees. He was also Chairman of the Public Printings Committee.
1902 Republican Floor Leader.
1904-1906 Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.
1905 from January to May, President of the Tri-Metallic Mining, Refining, and Smelting Company.
1909 Director of the Marion Lumber Company, the Marion County Telephone Company, and the Home Building Savings and Loan Company; President of Harding Publishing Company.
1910 unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate for Ohio.
1915-1921 United States Senator from Ohio.
1921-1923 29th President of the United States.
Major Acts and Treaties during his administration:
Immigration quota act (1921)
Peace treaty (Austria) (1921)
Peace treaty (Germany) (1921)
Peace treaty (Hungary) (1921)
Four-Power Treaty (Pacific Islands) (1922)
Five-Power Treaty (naval armaments) (1922)
Nine-Powers Treaty (open-door policy for China) (1922)
Fordney-McComber Tariff Act (1922)
Honors awarded to Warren G. Harding:
Honorary LLD from Ohio Northen University, 1910 University of Alabama, 1921 Honorary Degree from Princeton in 1922
Warren G. Harding also was the author of the following works:
Rededicating America (published in 1920)
Our Common Country (published in 1921)