: This letter from G.H. Van Fleet, managing editor for the Marion Star under its proprietor Warren G. Harding, addresses business matters related to the newspaper's publication with
a C. D. Lee. Warren G. Harding, who served as 29th president of the United States from 1921-1923, was born near Marion, Ohio, in 1865. At age 14, Harding attended Ohio Central College, where he edited the campus newspaper and became an accomplished public speaker. He married Florence Kling de Wolfe in 1891, and embarked on his political career in 1898 by winning a seat in the Ohio legislature for two terms. Harding became Lieutenant Governor in 1903 for two years before returning to the newspaper business. While unsuccessful in a run for governor in 1910, Harding won election to the U.S. Senate in 1914. Political insider Harry Daugherty began promoting Harding for the Republican presidential nomination in 1920. His campaign, known as “The Front Porch Campaign,” was centered on low-key speeches given from his home in Marion, Ohio, pledging to return the country to “normalcy.” Harding easily won the election, gaining 61 percent of the popular vote. On August 2, 1923, Harding died from a massive heart attack and is entombed in the Marion Cemetery. View on Ohio Memory.
: MSS345_B46_F05_VanFleet001 Subjects
: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Newspaper publishing; Newspaper editors; Printing industry and trade--Ohio; Places
: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio)