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Harding Memorial Under Construction photographs
Description: Three photographs document the construction of the Harding Tomb, a circular monument of white Georgia marble containing the remains of President Warren G. Harding and his wife Florence Kling Harding. It was completed in 1927, and the Hardings' bodies were moved to the tomb in December of that year. The monument, surrounded by ten acres of landscaped grounds, is similar in appearance to a round Greek temple. The site is managed by the Ohio Historical Society. The photographs measure 8" x 10" (20.32 x 25.4 cm). Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) was born in Corsica (now called Blooming Grove), a small town in Morrow County, Ohio. Harding graduated from Ohio Central College in Iberia at the age of sixteen. His family moved to Marion, where Harding taught school and briefly studied law. He worked occasionally as a reporter for a local paper before buying the Marion Star in 1884. Within five years, the Star was one of the most successful small-town newspapers in the state. Harding became popular as the leader of the Citizen's Coronet Band, which played at political rallies, and for his skill as an orator. Willing to follow the lead of political bosses, Harding advanced rapidly in Ohio politics, serving as state senator and lieutenant governor. In 1914 Harding was elected to the U. S. Senate. He launched his famous "front porch" 1920 presidential campaign from the porch of his Victorian home in Marion. He won the presidency with sixty percent of the popular vote, promising a "return to normalcy" following the wave of reforms begun during Theodore Roosevelt's administration. As president, Harding appointed several friends to federal office who proved untrustworthy. His administration was tainted by corruption, and the infamous "Teapot Dome" scandal (in which Harding's secretary of the interior leased a government petroleum reserve to a private oil company) nearly destroyed his presidency. After he died in office in August 1923, other scandals were uncovered, further tarnishing Harding's reputation. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: Om3206_3812883_001
Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Architecture; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Presidents; First ladies; Tombs & sepulchral monuments; Construction; Monuments & memorials
Places: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio)