Warren G. Harding (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: As president of the United States from 1921 to 1923, Harding adopted compromise politics in economics and foreign affairs in an attempt to guide the nation through readjustment to great social and economic changes.
Warren Gamaliel Harding was born on November 2, 1865, in Caledonia (modern Blooming Grove), Ohio. His father, George Tryon Harding, was a homeopathic doctor who practiced for a few years in the town of Caledonia before moving the family to Marion when Warren was sixteen. His mother, Phoebe (Dickerson) Harding, after bearing eight children, attended the same Cleveland homeopathic institute as her husband and joined him in practice in Marion. Harding’s youth was occupied with family chores and working for nearby farmers. After ascending the grades in the one-room schoolhouse in Caledonia, he attended Ohio Central College, an academy a few miles from Caledonia, graduating from the two-year institution in 1882. He was quick-witted and did well in school, although he was never studious. Following graduation, he taught school for a single term, a period long enough to convince him of an aversion to teaching, just as a few months of reading law were sufficient to dispel interest in the legal profession.
When Harding moved to Marion, it was a growing town with a booster mentality. Harding contributed to the city’s reputation by playing in the local brass band at nearby...
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Harding, Warren Gamaliel (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
Warren Gamaliel Harding served as the twenty-ninth president of the United States, from 1921 to 1923. Harding, who also served one term in the U.S. Senate, presided over an administration that achieved little and that was tainted by political corruption.
Harding was born November 2, 1865, on a farm at Caledonia (now Blooming Grove), Morrow County, Ohio, the eldest of eight children. He attended Ohio Central College. Harding then tried teaching, reading the law, selling insurance, and working as a journalist. He became the editor and publisher of the Marion Star, in Ohio, in 1884.
In 1891, Harding married Florence Kling DeWolfe, the daughter of a prominent Marion banker. DeWolfe was a divorcée, five years Hard-ing's senior, with great ambitions for Harding. She helped build the Marion Star into a prosperous newspaper and encouraged Harding to enter REPUBLICAN PARTY politics.
Harding was elected to the Ohio Senate in 1898, and was elected lieutenant governor of the state in 1903. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1910. His national political standing rose over the next decade. At the Republican National Convention in 1912, he was selected to nominate President WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT for a second term. (In 1921, he would nominate Taft to serve as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.)...
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