William Anderson leading Sunday Services during Ford, Firestone, Edison and Harding   Save
William Anderson leading Sunday Services during Ford, Firestone, Edison and Harding camping trip photograph
Description: This photograph shows Methodist Bishop William F. Anderson of Cincinnati leading Sunday services during a camping trip taken by automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, rubber manufacturer Harvey Firestone, and inventor Thomas Edison took between 1916 and 1924. President Warren G. Harding was invited to their camping trip in Maryland in July of 1921, which became known as "Camp Harding." 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, Ohio. 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 U.S. 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: Om1523_1504868_001
Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Religious services; Camping; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931; Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938; Ford, Henry, 1863-1947
Places: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio); Pecktonville (Maryland)