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.
1872 - Eleanor Priscilla, sister of Warren Harding born.
1874 - Charles A. Harding, brother of Warren Harding born.
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.
1875 - 1882 - Warren Harding studies journalism and learns the newspaper business by hands on experience.
May 31, 1876 - Victoria, sister of Warren Harding born.
March 11, 1878 - George Tryon Harding, brother of Warren Harding born
November 9, 1878 - Charles A. Harding, brother of Warren Harding died and Eleanor Priscilla, sister of Warren Harding born.
1879 - (Phoebe) Caroline Harding, sister of Warren Harding born..>
1882 - Warren Harding graduated from Ohio Central College.
1885 - Abigail Victoria Harding Lewis, b. May 31, 1885.
1886 - Harding has bought the newspaper, Marion Daily Star.
July 8, 1891 - Marriage of Warren Harding and Florence (King) Kling DeWolfe.
1899 - 1903 - Harding serves in the Ohio Senate.
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."
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 It is not repealed until 1933.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.
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."
March 4, 1921 - Warren Harding is inaugrated President of the United States.
August 2, 1923 - President Harding dies suddenly, apparently from a heart attack.
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.
Mistresses - Letters were found many years after Harding's death that lend credence to the rumor.
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.
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.
Harding County, New Mexico was named in President Harding's honor.
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: