Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The President and Mrs. Warren G. Harding

The President and Mrs. Warren G. Harding

President Warren G. harding was born November 2nd, 1865, at Blooming Grove, Ohio.  He attended school and college in his home State, and then became a school teacher, after which, he went into the newspaper business in Marion, Ohio.  On July 8th, 1891, he married Miss Florence King, of Marion, Ohio.  Was a member of the Ohio Senate 1900 - 1904, and Lieutenant Governor of Ohio 1904 - 1906.  In 1910 he received the degree of Doctor of Law from the Northern Ohio University, was elected United States Senator 1915 - 1921, and, on his 55th birthday was elected President of the United States.


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Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) was the 29th President of the United States (1921–23).

On July 8, 1891, Harding married Florence Kling DeWolfe, the daughter of his nemesis (and hers as well), Amos Hall Kling. Florence Kling DeWolfe was a divorcĂ©e, five years Harding's senior.  "Flossie's" first marriage, to an alcoholic, had been soundly condemned by her father, to the point of her disownment. Her mother remained loyal and provided support nevertheless. She pursued Harding persistently, until he reluctantly proposed. On his part, according to noted biographer Russell, true love was missing, but the prospect of social acceptance, and standing, was the compelling reason for his proposal. Florence's father was incensed by his daughter's decision to marry Harding, prohibited his wife from attending the wedding (she sneaked in long enough to see the vows exchanged) and refused to speak to his daughter or son-in-law for eight years.

The couple were complementary, with Harding's friendly, good natured personality balancing his wife's no-nonsense approach to life. She has been credited with helping Harding achieve more than he might have alone; some have guessed that she later pushed him all the way to the White House.

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