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Warren G. Harding Biography and Facts For Kids


With these words, “I cannot hope to be one of the great presidents, but perhaps I may be remembered as one of the best loved,” Warren G. Harding began one of the most corruption-riddled and discredited administrations in the nation’s history. Harding was born in 1865 in the farming village of Blooming Grove, Ohio. His family moved to the somewhat larger town of Marion, Ohio, when he was a child. While his father was a doctor, his was essentially a farming family. Warren Gamaliel Harding was the 29th President of the United States, from 1921 until his death in 1923. A Republican from Ohio, Harding was an influential self-made newspaper publisher. He served in the Ohio Senate, as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and as a U.S. Senator. He was also the first incumbent United States Senator and the first newspaper publisher to be elected President. Warren Gamaliel Harding, highly popular during his lifetime, was later regarded as one of the worst presidents in the country’s history.

Fun Facts and Trivia about Warren G. Harding

When was Warren G. Harding born: November 2, 1865
Where was Warren G. Harding born: Corsica, OH
What was Warren G. Harding’s job before becoming president: Editor
Who was Warren G. Harding married to: Florence Kling Harding
What number president was Warren G. Harding: 29th
What political party did Warren G. Harding belong to: Republican
Who was Warren G. Harding’s vice president: Calvin Coolidge
When was Warren G. Harding president: 1921-1923
How many terms did Warren G. Harding serve as president: less than 1
When did Warren G. Harding die: August 2, 1923
How old was Warren G. Harding when he died: 57
Where is Warren G. Harding buried: Marion, OH

Warren G. Harding Quotes

  • “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they’re the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!”
  • “Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.”
  • “Every student has the ability to be a successful learner.”
  • “I don’t know much about Americanism, but it’s a damn good word with which to carry an election. “
  • “America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration.”

The Mysterious Death of Warren G. Harding

Within minutes of Warren G. Hardings death at either 7:10, 7:20, or 7:30 p.m. on August 2, 1923, rumors began to circulate. No one present at his demise could give the correct time of death. No one seemed to be sure who was on hand in the San Francisco hotel room when he breathed his last. Most of all, the four physicians who had been caring for Harding for the previous week could not agree on the cause of death. Despite the confusion over the time of death, surely an autopsy would resolve the uncertainty about what killed Warren G. Harding.

But the problem was there was no autopsy. Mrs. Harding would not permit it. Within an hour of his death, he was embalmed, rouged, powdered, dressed, and in his casket.

It is little wonder that newspaper reporters, servants, and minor attending officials speculated about the circumstances of the death of the 29th President of the United States. How could an event so important to the life of the nation be so shoddily handled? Or was there some secret, something about this death that needed covering up?

Timeline of the Life of Warren G. Harding

1865 Born in Ohio on November 2nd
1891 Married Florence Kling De Wolfe
1898 Elected to the Ohio Senate
1903 Elected Lieutenant governor of Ohio
1912 Delivered the nominating address for President Taft the Republican Convention
1914 Elected to the United States Senate
1920 Elected President of the United States
1921 The Unknown Solider of World War I was buried at Arlington National Cemetery
1921 Germany and Austria signed peace treaties with the United States
1922 The Lincoln memorial was dedicated to Washington
1922 Egypt gained independence from Great Britain
1922 Benito Mussolini became the dictator of Italy
1922 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was formed by the communists
1923 Died in San Francisco on August 2nd