Warren Gamaliel Harding, 29th president of the United States, died August 2, 1923. He was 57.
Harding was born November 2, 1865 near Corsica (now Blooming Grove), Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Central College in 1882. He became an editor and publisher.
He married Florence Kling De Wolfe on July 8, 1891. They had no children. But it was proved later that he fathered an illegimite child in 1919.
Harding served as an Ohio State Senator from 1900-04, Lt. Governor of Ohio from 1904-06 and U.S. Senator from 1915-21.
When Republicans deadlocked over a nominee at their party’s 1920 convention, they turned to Harding. He won a landslide victory in the general election over Democrat James Cox.
But Harding’s administration became riddled with scandal. When word reached him that his political allies in Congress were using their positions for personal gain, Harding covered that knowledge up.
Before the news was made public, Harding died of an apparent heart attack in San Francisco on August 2, 1923.