The Ohio Gang: Warren G. Harding

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Warren G Harding was a man most historians revile. He is known for the “Ohio Gang”, a group of his friends that he put into power in the United States government, simply because they were his friends. This was probably not the best idea, as one of his friends leased government land to oil barons for a huge sum of money. Jess Smith, another friend of his was bootlegging, which meant that he was smuggling Alcohol while the prohibition act was in full swing, as well as “influence peddling, and other nefarious activities” (Anthony 1). Harding also was somewhat of a ladies’ man, and the fact that he was married did not slow him down one bit. He was so brazen, that he had an affair with a woman in the white house, while his wife was upstairs in the
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