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Warren G Harding was born on November 2 1865 on a farm near Blooming grove Ohio Harding wasnt always into politics He started in teaching and selling insurance before becoming a lawyer In 1884 Harding borrowed three hundred dollars to buy a struggling newspaper the Marion Ohio Star Anthony Carl American Heritage pg 2 He was editor and business manager Under his guidance the paper began to prosper Harding got to know local community leaders and political bosses Hardings life took a dramatic change when he met Florence Kling DeWolfe In 1891 Harding married her Since Florence Harding was the daughter of the richest man in Marion she was able to pull some strings making him an important figure in the community Because of his wives urging he decided to embark upon a political career He was soon elected to the state senate in 1900 and also became lieutenant governor in 1903Anthony Carl American Heritage pg 4 After he lost an election for governor in 1910 he was soon going to meet the next important person in his life He soon met Harry M Daughterty a lobbyist and political strategist Along with Mrs Harding the two worked as a team to boast Hardings political career Finally in 1914 with Daughterty as his campaign manager Harding successfully ran for a seat in the United Sates SenateGroiler Online - American Presidency pg 3 Although he was against high taxes and federal regulation of business Harding made no memorable speeches in the senate nor did he sponsor any important legislation He spent a good deal of his time seeking government jobs for his friends soon known as the Ohio Gang Early in 1920 when Republicans began to seek a presidential candidate Hardings name was brought up a couple of times Harding didnt want such recognition All he wanted was to remain in the senate where he was enjoying himself But like before his ambitious wife convinced him
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