Wife: Florence Kling De Wolfe (1860-1924), on
July 8, 1891
Kids: Elizabeth Ann Christian (illegitimate child
by Nan Britton) (1919- )
Pets: an Airedale; Old Boy, a bulldog; canaries
Bio: Warren Gamaliel Harding, (1865-1923), was
the 29th President Of The United States. He was born
on Nov. 2, 1865, in the tiny town of Blooming Grove,
Ohio. At the age of 14 he entered Ohio Central College
in Iberia. After two years he graduated with the degree
of bachelor of science. For several years he jumped
from job to job, trying to find his true career. In
November 1884 he raised $300 to acquire a small daily
newspaper. Within five years the Star had become the
most important paper in Marion county.
Although he suffered from ongoing nervous breakdowns,
he married the divorced Florence Kling DeWolfe in 1891.
He was quite unhappy in the marriage and carried on
several affairs. He and one of his mistresses had an
illegitimate child in 1919.
Harding was elected as a Republican to the state Senate
in 1899. After his six years in the Senate, Harding
was nominated on the 10th ballot and Calvin Coolidge
was selected as his running mate. Harding then waged
a "front porch" campaign in imitation of William
McKinley, and won the election.
He worked towards a lowering of taxes and repeal of
the wartime excess profits tax, a reduction of railroad
rates and the promotion of agricultural interests, a
national budget system, a great merchant marine, and
a department of public welfare. But he was generally
ineffective at convincing Congress to cooperate.
Under Harding's administration, things became lax and
chaotic. In June 1923 he set out on a "Voyage of
Understanding" that took him to the west coast
and as far as Alaska. Already suffering from a heart
condition, he collapsed on his way back and died suddenly
of a thrombosis, in San Francisco, on Aug. 2, 1923,
after having served only 2 years in office.