: This photograph, which measures 5" by 7" (12 by 18 cm), shows inventor Thomas Edison talking to President Warren G. Harding during a camping trip in 1921 taken with rubber manufacturer Harvey Firestone and automobile manufacturer Henry Ford. Edison (1847-1931) was born in Milan, Ohio and is famous for his many inventions, including the phonograph and the light bulb. He was one of the original founders of the "vagabonds," a group of prominent men who went camping on several different occasions between 1916 and 1924. 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.
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: Presidents and Politics; Arts and Entertainment; Business and Labor; Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923; Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931; Camping Places
: Marion (Ohio); Marion County (Ohio); Pecktonville (Maryland)