: This cartoon, published in 1922, communicates the complexities of legislation brought before the Warren G. Harding presidential administration. Various individuals--among them are "American Business Man," "The Bureaucrat," "The Big Tax Payer" and "Small Tax Payer"--express their opinions. Issues include Harding’s insistence on fiscal accountability via a budget review and congressional approval, an injunction ending a railroad strike, tariffs on imported wheat from Europe, the Four Powers treaty limiting naval armaments, and tax cuts.
Ohio politician Warren Gamaliel Harding (1865-1923) served as state senator, lieutenant governor, and 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 Marion, Ohio, home. 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’s 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. Harding died in office in August 1923. View on Ohio Memory.
: CA3_F02_03 Subjects
: Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865‐1923; Political cartoons; Presidents--United States; Political culture--Ohio--History Places
: President Warren G. Harding Cartoon Collection