29. Warren G. Harding

“Wobbly Warren”

Presidential Basics

  • Full name: Warren Gamaliel Harding
  • Years in office: 1921–1923
  • Political party: Republican
  • Vice president: Calvin Coolidge
  • Age at inauguration: 55
  • Nicknames: “Wobbly Warren”

Random Trivia

  • Betting the china: Harding once lost a set of White House china in a poker hand.

Birth & Death

  • Birthday: November 2, 1865
  • Birthplace: Blooming Grove, Ohio
  • Death: August 2, 1923
  • Place of death: San Francisco, California
  • Place of burial: Hillside Cemetery, Marion, Ohio
  • Last words: “That’s good, go on.”  He was asking his wife to continue reading to him.


  • Father: George Tryon Harding (1843–1928); Farmer, physician
  • Mother: Phoebe Dickerson Harding (1843–1910)
  • Wife: Florence Kling De Wolfe (1860 – 1924)
  • Marriage: July 8, 1891 in Ohio
  • Children: None
  • Home: Marion, Ohio

Other Facts

  • Height: 6’
  • Eye color: Gray
  • Ancestry: English, Scotch-Irish
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Born in a log cabin: No
  • Owned enslaved people: No
  • Freemason: Yes


  • Early education: Unknown
  • College degree: Yes
  • College: Ohio Central College (graduated with B.S. 1882)


  • Military Service: No
  • Lawyer: No
  • Writer
  • Editor of the Marion Star (1884–)
  • Teacher
  • Insurance Salesman
  • Member of the Ohio Legislature (1900–1904)
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ohio (1904–1906)
  • U.S. Senator (1915–1921)
  • President (1921–1923)


  • Rededicating America
  • Our Common Country


In the election of 1920 Warren G. Harding promised the American people a “return to normalcy.”  World War I was over and the economy was struggling.  Harding campaigned on higher tariffs, immigration controls, and isolationism.

The Democrats behind James Cox (and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the second spot) continued to push for progressive reforms and international involvement.

The handsome senator from Ohio would be elected in this first election in which women across the country could vote.

Campaign Poster

Abraham Lincoln: “That a Government of the People Shall Not Perish From the Earth,” photograph, design for a campaign poster or button, c. 1920 (Library of Congress)


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