Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Warren G. Harding

Warren G. Harding was the twenty-ninth President of the United States from 1921 to 1923. During his term, there were many scandals including the Teapot Dome.

Harding was born in Ohio in 1865. He was a publisher of a newspaper, the Marion Star, a trustee of a church, and a leader in many fraternal organizations and charities. He even organized the Citizen’s Cornet Band to play at political rallies. He served as a state senator, and Lieutenant Governor but lost the election for Governor.

Harding married Florence King, a divorcee on July 8, 1891. They had no children.

Harding won the Presidential election by getting 60 percent of the popular vote. He signed bills that eliminated wartime controls, slashed taxes, established a Federal budget system, and imposed tight immigration laws.

Behind the scenes, it was heard that many of the President’s friends were benefiting from their official positions. It kept him up at night and worried him tremendously.

On August 2, 1923, President Harding died of a heart attack in a San Francisco hotel. The next day Calvin Coolidge became President.

Class Activities:

  • What was Warren G. Harding’s platform when he was running for President?
  • What new technologies were created during his term?
  • Why was Harding considered the worse President the country ever had?
  • What was the Teapot Dome and how did it affect the country?

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