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Warren Gamaliel Harding:
A Presidential Unit

Warren G. Harding was the 29th President of the United States of America. He served from 1921 until 1923, when he died in office.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: March 4, 1921 to August 2, 1923
Vice President(s): Calvin Coolidge
Name of his parents: George Tyron Harding and Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson
Wife's name: Florence DeWolfe
Yearly Salary as President: $75,000
Physical Stature: 6 feet
State of Birth: Ohio


"Harding was a successful newspaper publisher before becoming president. He was a good boss and shared the profits with his workers. While he was likeable as a boss he wasn't very affective as a political leader. He failed to pay attention to what his cabinet members and advisors were doing. Some of them did some illegal things which led to scandals while he was president."

On Line Lesson Plans:

Warren G. Harding from TeacherVision
Warren G. Harding
Presidential Thinkquest


Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Grover Cleveland from Enchanted Learning


On Line Resources:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/wh29.html
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/specials/elections/1920/harding.html
http://www.americanheritage.com/98/jul/053.htm
http://gi.grolier.com/presidents/ea/bios/29phard.html
http://www.americanpresident.org/KoTrain/Courses/WH/WH_In_Brief.htm
http://www.fish.com/music/al_stewart/history/warren_harding.html
http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres46.html
http://library.thinkquest.org/11492/cgi-bin/pres.cgi/harding_warren
http://www.system.missouri.edu/upress/fall1998/ferrhard.htm
http://www.doctorzebra.com/prez/t29.htm
http://www.discovery.com/stories/history/messy/messy6a.html


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Harding's children? [Answer: please note, he had no illegitimate children by his wife but he had one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Christian (illegitimate child by Nan Britton) (1919- )]

2. What other political positions did Harding hold? [Answer: Member of Ohio State Senate, 1900-04; Lieutenant-Governor of Ohio, 1904-06; United States Senator, 1915-21 ].



Of Note:

Harding had the biggest feet of any President -- size 14.

Harding's election was the first one in which women were allowed to vote.

He was the first newspaper publisher to be elected president.

Both of Harding's parents were doctors.

He suffered nervous breakdowns at the age of 24 and had to spend some time in a sanitarium.

One of his sisters was a Washington, D.C. policewoman.

Harding was the first president to ride to his inauguration in an automobile.

He was the first president to own a radio and the first to speak over the radio airwaves.

Harding was the first president to visit Canada and Alaska.

While president, Harding played golf, poker twice a week, followed baseball and boxing, and sneaked off to burlesque shows. His advisors were known as the "Poker Cabinet" because they all played poker together.

Harding was the first president to be survived by his father.

Harding entered Ohio Central College when he was 14. After graduating three years later, he took a job as a schoolteacher but gave it up after one season.

News of the Teapot Dome scandal began to break as Harding and his wife were returning from a vacation in Alaska. Harding began to show signs of food poisoning and fatigue, developed pneumonia, and died suddenly. His wife, who some speculated had poisoned him, refused to permit an autopsy. The cause of death was said to have been a stroke or heart attack.

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