: This photograph shows Republican presidential candidate Warren G. Harding (1865-1923) standing with six men, two of them wearing Chicago Cubs baseball uniforms. The other men, including Harding, are wearing business attire. Harding is holding a cigar in one hand, and he appears to be signing something with a pen, possibly a baseball. The photograph was taken in Marion, Ohio, on September 2, 1920, the date of an exhibition game between the Cubs and the Kerrigan Tailors, a semi-professional team from Marion (Harding's hometown).
Organized by supporters of Harding's campaign, the game was intended to create a favorable impression of the candidate as a man who enjoyed the national pastime. Harding threw three pitches for the Kerrigan Tailors. The Cubs defeated the local team.
Warren G. Harding was born November 2, 1865, near Marion, Ohio. When he was 19 he and a partner purchased the "Marion Daily Star" newspaper, of which he became the editor. His political career began at age 21 when he became a member of the Marion, Ohio, Republican County Committee. In 1888 he went to his first national convention and campaigned for Benjamin Harrison. Harding gained a reputation as an effective orator. In 1902 he gave the eulogy for his fellow Ohioan and friend President William McKinley. In 1912 Harding delivered the speech at the Republican Convention nominating William Howard Taft as the Republican candidate for President.
Harding was elected to the United States Senate in 1914. In 1920 Harding was nominated for the U.S. presidency. He won and took office in early 1921. Though he was president for a short time, he eliminated wartime controls, cut taxes, created the federal budget system, restored high tariffs, and imposed immigration limitations. In July 1923 he gave his last speech. On August 2, 1923, Harding suffered a heart attack while trip touring the western United States. He died in San Francisco, California.
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: Chicago Cubs (Baseball team); Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923--Photographs; Marion (Ohio); Baseball teams Places
: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio)