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Warren Gamaliel Harding was the twenty-ninth president of the United States He was the sixth president to die in office Harding was a tall handsome man with a resounding voice and a pleasing personality At the time he was nominated for president he was not widely known He had become prominent in Ohio as a newspaper editor and had been elected to the state senate The conservative wing of his political party had found him a safe dependable man He had shown no particular ability except the ability to attract and to get votes Harding received the Republican partys nomination for president at the Chicago Convention of 1920 Harding and his vice president Calvin Coolidge were elected by an overwhelming majority of the popular and electoral votes over his opponents James M Cox and Franklin D Roosevelt From the beginning of his administration Harding depended heavily on his Congress and Cabinet to provide leadership He chose several qualified men to serve in his cabinet but he also chose many cabinet members because they were his friends or because he owed them political debts Many of them proved to be completely unworthy of trust or of high office Harding declared early in his presidency that it was the governments return to normalcy His election was interpreted to mean that the people did not want either the Versailles Treaty or the League of Nations The United States made separate treaties with Germany and its allies and refused to take part in world affairs Harding believed that the US should take part in the World Court but at the same time he approved of limitations which would have made the Court almost powerless by separating it completely from the League of Nations The most important achievement of Hardings administration was the Disarmament Conference which met in Washington in 1921 Popular demand heard through the Senate initiated this conference The people wanted to put an end to the naval
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