Dining Tent at Camp Harding photographs   Save
Warren Harding Photograph Collection
Description: These three photographs, which measure 5" by 7" (12 by 18 cm), show the dining tent and its diners that was set up during a camping trip taken by rubber manufacturer Harvey Firestone, inventor Thomas Edison, and automobile manufacturer Henry Ford in 1921. This trip was one of many that Ford, Firestone, and Edison took between 1916 and 1924. Harding was invited to their camping trip in Maryland in July of 1921, which became known as "Camp Harding." Of particular note is the circular dining table. It was nine feet in diameter and had a Lazy Susan on the top so that diners could reach any of the dishes they wanted. It also folded so that it could be transported easily. 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_1505609_026
Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Arts and Entertainment; Camping; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Dining tables
Places: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio); Pecktonville (Maryland)