Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Warren G. Harding and Harvey Firestone Camping Trip   Save
Warren Harding Photograph Collection
Description: These two photographs, which measure 5" by 7" (12 by 18 cm), show automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, inventor Thomas Edison, President Warren G. Harding and rubber manufacturer Harvey Firestone, during a camping trip in 1921. The first image shows the four men reading the paper and talking. The second image shows them with the entire camping party, which also included Bishop William Anderson of Cincinnati. This camping trip was one of many that Ford, Firestone, and Edison took between 1916 and 1924. President 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_1506050_040
Subjects: Presidents and Politics; Arts and Entertainment; Camping; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Firestone, Harvey Samuel, 1868-1938; Ford, Henry, 1863-1947; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931
Places: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio); Pecktonville (Maryland)