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The Ohio political boss Harry Micajah Daughery predicted that none of the leading candidates could get enough votes to win the nomination Fifteen party leaders got together and picked the partys candidate the man they chose was Senator Warren Gamaliel Harding Harding was still the darkest of dark horses he even lacked the complete delegation of his hometown The leading Republican contender was Major General Leonard Wood he stood out from the run of politicians Woods opponent was Frank O Lowden of Illinois who had a notable record Wood and Lowden could not receive the 493 votes needed to win due to the fact that they cancelled each other out Senator Henry Cabot Lodge adjourned the convention That evening an inner group of senators met in the Blackstone Hotel suite of the enigmatic George Harvey Harvey considered himself a president-maker The man they would pick would receive the bloc votes they controlled until the disintegration of the Wood and Lowden supporters their problem though was who to choose Harding by process of elimination remained a candidate As senator Wadsworth remarked Harding could be trusted to sign the bills the Senate sent him and not to send the Senate bills to pass And he looked like a President Harding was sent for and when he arrived he was tall with a solid body a dark complexion blue eyes and white hair Hardings wife whom he not wholly affection called Duches Harvey said We think you may be nominated tomorrow p6 Harvey then asked Harding if there was anything that might be brought against him which would embarrass the party or disqualify him He was given time alone to think it over and returned to say that there was no impediment William Alan White cried out that to nominate Harding would disgrace the Republican Party On June 12 1920-Harding was elected president Even though Harding was given a chance to explain himself he did not and Harvey
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