Visitors can tour the restored home of Warren G. Harding, the 29th U.S. President. The site is best known as the location of his 1920 “Front Porch Campaign.” The home is a National Historic Landmark and includes many of the Harding’s original furnishings. Just a mile away visitors can also visit the resting place of both Warren G. Harding and his wife Florence.
Harding was born in 1865 in Corsica, Ohio but spent his youth in Caledonia, Ohio. In 1882 Harding and a friend bought the Marion Star newspaper from Marion, Ohio. Harding won the Ohio General Assembly election in both 1898 and 1900. Harding, in 1903, became Ohio’s lieutenant governor.
Harding returned to the Morning Star two years later but following his Front Porch Campaign he became President of the U.S. from 1921-1923 and was the first president voted into office after women won the right to vote.
Historians cannot say whether or not his time in office would have been viewed more favorably if he had not died in 1923 not completing his term as president.
Many people don’t know that he did have several important law-making accomplishments. Harding established the first formal budgeting process for the General Accounting Office. This oversees government spending. Also, Harding created the Veterans Bureau which later became the Veterans Administration.