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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

Presidential Election Results:
Year Popular Votes Electoral Votes
1920 Warren G. Harding 16,143,407 404
James M. Cox 9,130,328 127

Vice President: tiny U.S. flag Calvin Coolidge (1921-23)


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
tiny U.S. flag Herbert C. Hoover (1921-23)
Secretary of Labor
James J. Davis (1921-23)

Supreme Court Appointments:

Chief Justice
tiny U.S. flag William Howard Taft (1921-30)
Associate Justice
George Sutherland (1922-38)
Pierce Butler (1923-39)
Edward Terry Sanford (1923-30)

Notable Events:

  • 1921
    • Peace between Germany and Austria declared.
  • 1922

Internet Biographies:

Warren G. Harding -- from The Presidents of the United States of America
Compiled by the White House.
Warren G. Harding -- from American Presidents: Life Portraits -- C-SPAN
Biographical information, trivia, key events, video, and other reference materials. Website created to accompany C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.
Warren Harding -- from The American President
From the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, in addition to information on the Presidents themselves, they have first lady and cabinet member biographies, listings of presidential staff and advisers, and timelines detailing significant events in the lives of each administration.

Historical Documents:

Inaugural Address (1921)

Media Resources:

From a speech in which Harding repeatedly uses the term: "America First" (4:42)
From the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
"Readjustment" from the 1920 election campaign
From the Library of Congress Voices of the Presidential Election of 1920.

Other Internet Resources:

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.
  • Other interesting notes about Harding from the New York Times.

Previous President: tiny U.S. flag Woodrow Wilson | Next President: tiny U.S. flag Calvin Coolidge

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