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Warren Gamaliel Harding twenty-ninth President of the United States was born on November 2 1865 on the family farm at Blooming Grove Morrow County Ohio His parents were Dr George Tryon Harding and Phoebe Dickerson Harding descendants of pioneer Ohio families of English and Dutch ancestry Warren was the first of their eight childrentwo boys and six girls The Hardings were followers of the Baptist faith In 1870 Dr Harding moved his family to the village of Caledonia in Marion County Here Mrs Harding a highly intellectual young woman she eventually studied and practiced medicine with her husband of a deeply religious nature found time to take an active part in the social life of the community During these years in the office of the Caledonia Argus the local newspaper of which Dr Harding was part owner the future president became interested in journalism and served an apprenticeship in printing As a student at Ohio Central College in the nearby town of Ibernia Harding served as editor of the college paper and showed rich promise as a public speaker In 1882 at the age of 16 he received the degree of Bachelor of Science and was orator political and literary representative of his class at the graduation ceremony By this time the Harding family had moved to Marion and it was there that Harding returned after his graduation armed with a degree a printers rule and determination to make his own living He briefly tried teaching school studying law and selling insurance all with limited success and gratification At the age of nineteen Harding encouraged his father to purchase a one-third interest in the Marion Star which he published until he sold it in 1923 It was during the presidential campaign of 1884 that this future president became interested in politics Despite the Republican defeat of that year he courageously declared the editorial policy of the Star
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