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Warren Harding Warren Gamaliel Harding was the twenty-ninth president ofthe United States He was the sixth president to die in officeHarding was a tall handsome man with a resounding voice and apleasing personality At the time he was nominated forpresident he was not widely known He had become prominent inOhio as a newspaper editor and had been elected to the statesenate The conservative wing of his political party had foundhim a safe dependable man He had shown no particular abilityexcept the ability to attract and to get votes Harding received the Republican partys nomination forpresident at the Chicago Convention of 1920 Harding and hisvice president Calvin Coolidge were elected by an overwhelmingmajority of the popular and electoral votes over his opponentsJames M Cox and Franklin D Roosevelt From the beginning of his administration Harding dependedheavily on his Congress and Cabinet to provide leadership Hechose several qualified men to serve in his cabinet but he alsochose many cabinet members because they were his friends orbecause he owed them political debts Many of them proved to becompletely unworthy of trust or of high office Harding declared early in his presidency that it was thegovernments return to normalcy His election was interpreted tomean that the people did not want either the Versailles Treaty orthe League of Nations The United States made separate treatieswith Germany and its allies and refused to take part in worldaffairs Harding believed that the US should take part in theWorld Court but at the same time he approved of limitationswhich would have made the Court almost powerless by separating itcompletely from the League of Nations The most important achievement of Hardings administrationwas the Disarmament Conference which met in Washington in 1921Popular demand heard through the Senate initiated thisconference The people wanted to put an end to the navalcompetition that had sprung up between the United States andJapan but the administration broadened the scope
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