Warren Harding

Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865 - 1923)

Privacy Level: Open (White)
President Warren Gamaliel Harding
Born in Blooming Grove, Ohio, United States of Americamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Marion, Marion, Ohio, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Apr 2009 | Last significant change: 7 Nov 2018
17:33: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Warren Harding. [Thank Nicolas for this]
This page has been accessed 11,765 times.

Categories: Harding Memorial Park, Marion, Ohio | US Presidents | US Senators from Ohio | Namesakes US Counties | Freemasonry | Tryon Family in America | Ohio Notables.

Warren Harding is Notable.
The Presidential Seal.
Warren Harding was the President of the United States.
Join: US Presidents Project
Discuss: presidents
Preceded by
28th President
Woodrow Wilson

Preceded by
Theodore E. Burton
Warren G. Harding
29th President
of the United States

US Senator (Class 3)
from Ohio
Seal of the US Senate
Succeeded by
30th President
Calvin Coolidge

Succeeded by
Frank B. Willis


Work in Progress

This profile is being included as part of the WikiTree Presidential Project. Since historical information is readily available documenting the lives of the U.S. Presidents this profile will mainly document genealogically important events in the form of a timeline. Every effort is being made to avoid plagiarism. The US Presidents Users Group is committed to proper documentation of all sources and references. If you would like to learn more about this WikiTree project please visit the US Presidents User Group page.

Presidential Profile Biography

Warren Gamaliel Harding was born on November 2, 1865 in Ohio.[1]He was the first of eight children born to George Tryon Harding and his wife Phoebe Elizabeth Dickerson-Harding. He died in San Francisco, California on August 2, 1923. He married once, to Florence Mable King Kling DeWolfe on July 8, 1891 in Marion, Marion, Ohio. No children were born to this marriage.

He started as a newspaper publisher, and then became involved in politics, moving from lieutenant governor to senator and then to president in 1921. As president, he was a fiscally conservative Republican. His presidency started in a period of post-war economic depression. His economic policies brought the country into a time of prosperity. He advocated for African-American rights. He recognized the future importance of petroleum. These are among his positive legacies.

The material online is often contradictory, making the true facts about Warren Harding difficult to discern. There are many rumors, scandals and allegations of corruption in the material about the Harding Presidency.

Illegitimate Child

Nan Britton claimed in a book that her daughter, named Elizabeth Ann Harding, was the daughter of Warren Harding.[2] In 2015, DNA tests confirmed these rumors.


This timeline intermingles dates and events from genealogical, biographical, and historic perspectives.

  • April, 1861 - April, 1865 - United States Civil War.[3]
  • November 2, 1865 - Warren Gamaliel Harding born in Blooming Grove, Ohio, USA.[4]
  • 1866 - Charity, sister of Warren Harding born.[5]
  • 1867 -Mary, sister of Warren Harding born.[6]
  • 1872 - Eleanor Priscilla, sister of Warren Harding born.[7]
  • 1874 - Charles A. Harding, brother of Warren Harding born.[8]
  • About 1875 - George T. Harding, Warren's Father's bought The Argus, a weekly paper published in Caledonia, Ohio.
  • May, 1875 - Daisy, sister of Warren Harding born.[9]
  • 1875 - 1882 - Warren Harding studies journalism and learns the newspaper business by hands on experience.
  • May 31, 1876 - Victoria, sister of Warren Harding born.[10]
  • March 11, 1878 - George Tryon Harding, brother of Warren Harding born[11][12]
  • November 9, 1878 - Charles A. Harding, brother of Warren Harding died and Eleanor Priscilla, sister of Warren Harding born.[13]
  • 1879 - (Phoebe) Caroline Harding, sister of Warren Harding born.[14].>[15]
  • 1882 - Warren Harding graduated from Ohio Central College.[16]
  • 1885 - Abigail Victoria Harding Lewis, b. May 31, 1885[17].[18]
  • 1886 - Harding has bought the newspaper, Marion Daily Star.[19]
  • July 8, 1891 - Marriage of Warren Harding and Florence (King) Kling DeWolfe.
  • 1899 - 1903 - Harding serves in the Ohio Senate.[20]
  • 1901 June 28th - Freemasons: "Warren G. Harding November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923 March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923 Initiated on June 28, 1901 in Marion Lodge No. 70, Marion, Ohio. Raised on August 27, 1920 in that Lodge."
  • 1904 - 1906 - Lieutenant Governor of Ohio.[21]
  • January 1, 1915 - Death of Harding's stepson, Marshall Eugene DeWolfe.[22]
  • 1916 - 1921 - Senator from Ohio[23].[24]
  • 1920 - the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution - Prohibition of Intoxicating Liquors - takes effect. It is not repealed until 1933.
  • 1920 - 1921 - The country is in an economic depression..[25]
  • November, 1920 - Warren Harding wins the popular vote for President by a landslide. He is slogan: --"Less government in business and more business in government."[26]
  • March 4, 1921 - Warren Harding is inaugrated President of the United States.
  • August 2, 1923 - President Harding dies suddenly, apparently from a heart attack.[27]

Rough Draft Notes

Difficulties found in finding good documentation for the Harding siblings. Wife attached to the profile who most probably could not have been his wife. Spelling of his wife Florence's maiden name in question:King or Kling?


African-American ancestry - None found, but there are gaps in his genealogy.[28]
Mistresses - Letters were found many years after Harding's death that lend credence to the rumor.[29]
Corruption - Several of Hoover's appointees were convicted in the Teapot Dome Scandal, but he, himself, was not charged with bribery. He died before the full investigation of the scandal was completed.[30]
His death was unnatural - He had the symptons of cornary problems just before his collapse and probably also had pneumonia. His physician was present when he passed on.[31][32]


  • Harding County, New Mexico was named in President Harding's honor.


  1. Wikipedia President Harding
  2. The Four Mysteries of Warren Harding
  3. Wikipedia US Civil War
  4. Wikipedia President Harding
  5. 1880 Federal Census
  6. 1880 Federal Census
  7. Upstairs at WhiteHouse, no primary source found
  8. Upstairs at WhiteHouse, no primary source cited
  9. 1880 Federal Census
  10. 1910 Federal Census
  11. 1880 Federal Census
  12. Upstairs at WhiteHouse
  13. Upstairs at WhiteHouse, no primary source cited
  14. 1880 Federal Census
  15. Upstairs at WhiteHouse
  16. Wikipedia President Harding
  17. 1910 Federal Census
  18. Upstairs at WhiteHouse
  19. Wikipedia President Harding
  20. Wikipedia President Harding
  21. Wikipedia President Harding
  22. Wikipedia Marshall Eugene DeWolfe
  23. About2.com
  24. Wikipedia President Harding
  25. Wikipedia President Harding
  26. Whitehouse.gov President Harding
  27. Wikipedia President Harding
  28. Wikipedia President Harding
  29. Wikipedia President Harding
  30. Wikipedia President Harding
  31. The Four Mysteries of Warren Harding
  32. Strange Death of Harding

About.com Warren Harding]

*Footnote referral from Wikipedia, discusses the scandels associated with Warren harding

For further reading:

  • McCartney, Laton (2009) The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country. Random House, New York.

xxxxxxxxxxxx This is for the profile of Warren Harding's mother. on line abstract of Ohio VR: Morrow County, Ohio Vital Records, 1830-93 about Dickerson, Phoebe Name: Dickerson, Phoebe Birth Place: Morrow co., OH Birth Date: 21 Dec 1843 Father's Name: Isaac Dickerson Mother's Name: Charity Vankirk Spouse: George T. Harding Marriage Date: 7 May 1864 Marriage Location: Morrow co., OH Children: Warren, Chattie, Mary, Priscilla, Daisy, Charles Death Date: After 1880 xxxxxxxxxxx Unresolved issue spelling of Mrs. Harding's maiden name.

More Genealogy Tools

Sponsored Search

Searching for someone else?
First: Last:

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Warren by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:

Have you taken a DNA test for genealogy? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Images: 7
Warren Harding 29th President
Warren Harding 29th President

The Star Boys at the Harding Home
The Star Boys at the Harding Home

Warren Harding Presidential Campaign Pin
Warren Harding Presidential Campaign Pin

Warren Harding Presidential Campaign Ribbon
Warren Harding Presidential Campaign Ribbon

Harding 1 and half Cents US Postage
Harding 1 and half Cents US Postage

view all


On 22 Jun 2018 at 04:50 GMT Wendy Johnson wrote:

4th cousins, twice removed, and my family never mentioned this! I only found out using Wikitree's handy dandy relationship finder.

On 21 Dec 2017 at 13:37 GMT Carole Taylor wrote:

Category: Freemasonry

"Warren G. Harding November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923 March 4, 1921 – August 2, 1923 Initiated on June 28, 1901 in Marion Lodge No. 70, Marion, Ohio. Raised on August 27, 1920 in that Lodge." wikipedia.com

On 21 Nov 2016 at 21:35 GMT Elizabeth Winter wrote:

I am working on a project about people with US Counties named after them. Which brings us to Harding County, New Mexico, which was named after President Harding. (And it was a NM Senator who went to jail over the Teapot Dome scandal, too!) That's what I'd add to this profile - a sentence about the NM County, and perhaps a few other things named after him, and a tag for the Category, the following between double square brackets:

Category:Namesakes US Counties

Privacy setting won't allow me to add this myself.

On 13 Aug 2015 at 19:06 GMT Kelly (Sullivan) Rishor wrote:

On 13 Aug 2015 at 17:28 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Let's add this article to the sources where we talk about the rumor of an illegitimate child.

On 13 Aug 2015 at 17:23 GMT Moritz Ferner wrote:

This could be interesting, he had an illegitimate (DNA-confirmed) daughter:


On 15 Jun 2015 at 22:14 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Please add wikitreepresidents@googlegroups.com to the trusted list for this profile.

On 26 Feb 2015 at 01:26 GMT J. (Pearson) Salsbery wrote:

President Harding is the 23rd great-grandson of King Henry (Henry II) "King of England" Plantagenet-1627. I just improved the line, based on the one found in Roberts, Gary Boyd; Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009.

On 2 Feb 2015 at 12:56 GMT Renee Malloy Esq wrote:

Is it possible to compress his timeline to single spacing so we don't have such a LONG way to go? Thank you for your consideration, Renee

On 2 Nov 2014 at 03:29 GMT Doug Lockwood wrote:

Warren Harding is notable.
Join: Notables Project
Discuss: notables

Warren is 29 degrees from Rosa Parks, 22 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 18 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

H  >  Harding  >  Warren Gamaliel Harding