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Warren G. Harding and the Return to Normalcy

December 07, 20235 min read

“America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration.” - Warren G. Harding

The Road to the White House

Warren G. Harding was born November 2, 1865, in a small town called Blooming Grove, Ohio. He grew up on a farm and his family didn't have much money. But Warren worked hard and studied, and he became a newspaper editor. He was a good speaker and a charming man, which helped him in his political career.

He began his political journey as a State Senator from Ohio in 1899. Even though he was new to politics, people liked him because he was calm and humble. Surprisingly, he got nominated again in 1901 and won a second term after President McKinley was assassinated.

In 1903, Harding wanted to be the governor of Ohio, but it was tough because of problems within the political party. Instead, he became lieutenant governor. While the governor made mistakes, Harding became more popular. His attempts to become governor in 1905 and 1910 had problems because of more arguments in the party.

In 1914, Harding had a big win to become a U.S. Senator, beating Timothy Hogan by a lot. As a senator, he had careful opinions on women's right to vote and alcohol rules. Even though he was a junior senator in the minority, Harding earned respect for his conservative Republican views.

Harding's Presidency

A lot happened in the early days of the twentieth century. Automobiles were new on the scene. The Wright brothers invented the airplane. People flocked to the cities for new factory jobs. Then a world war broke out from 1914 to 1918 and when it was over, the Spanish flu pandemic hit.

By 1920, people were exhausted. But one more incredible thing happened. The 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified and women finally got the right to vote. So the 1920 presidential election was the first one with this new serge in voters. And those women generally voted for Harding. Perhaps he was speaking to them directly when he promised a “return to normalcy” in his campaign.

Warren G. Harding became the 29th President of the United States, serving from 1921 to 1923. During his presidency, there were several important things that happened:

1. The Teapot Dome Scandal

One of the biggest scandals during Harding's time in office was the Teapot Dome Scandal. This was a case where some government officials did something very wrong. They secretly gave away valuable land that had oil to their friends. People were angry when they found out about this, and it made the government look bad. President Harding was not involved in the scandal, but it happened during his time as president.

2. Improving the Economy

Harding thought the government should not interfere too much in the economy. But he did lower taxes for many Americans. This meant that people had more money in their pockets, and it helped the economy to grow. This helped the United States recover from the economic problems after World War I. The country saw a period of economic growth and prosperity during his presidency.

3. World War I Peace Treaties

After World War I, President Harding helped the United States make peace treaties with other countries. These treaties helped to end the state of war between the United States and some European nations.

4. Support for Civil Rights

President Harding was one of the few presidents in his time who supported civil rights for African Americans. He spoke out against discrimination and segregation. This was an important step in the fight for equality.

Remembering Warren G. Harding

Unfortunately, President Harding's time in office was short. He passed away on August 2, 1923, while still in office. His death was a shock to the country. Vice President Calvin Coolidge became the next president after Harding.

Warren G. Harding was a president who wanted to bring peace and normalcy to the United States. He was well-liked and had some successes during his presidency. However, there were also some problems, like the Teapot Dome Scandal. Even though his time in office was cut short, he is remembered as a friendly and approachable leader who tried to do what was best for the country.

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