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29 Warren Gamaliel Harding
Nov. 2, 1865 - Aug. 2, 1923
Religion: Baptist, but earlier had accepted Seventh-Day Adventist and flirted with atheism
Marriage: Florence Flossie Mabel Kling
Military service: None
Term: March 4, 1921 - Aug. 2, 1923
Vice President: Calvin Coolidge
Highlights of presidency: The Teapot Dome Scandal threatened to bring down Hardings presidency after members of his administration accepted bribes and kickbacks, most notably profiting from oil reserve sales in Wyoming. Two people went to jail, and two others committed suicide, but Harding was never found guilty. He was the first president to authorize an arms-limitation agreement with world leaders, at the Washington Conference in 1922. He traveled to Alabama to speak out on the virtues of racial equality.
Did you know? He was the first newspaper publisher to be elected president. He was the first president to ride an automobile to his inaugural, visit Canada and Alaska, and address the nation on radio. He gambled away an entire set of White House china dating back to Benjamin Harrisons time. With size 14 shoes, he had the largest feet of any president. Harding also served as an Ohio state senator, 1899-1903; lieutenant governor of Ohio, 1903-1905; and U.S. senator, 1915-1921. He died in office, of a heart attack, on Aug. 2, 1923, at age 57.