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.
The 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, was born on November 2nd, 1865 in Blooming Grove, Ohio.
Harding would spend much of his youth in a small farm community called Marion, Ohio. Harding loved the Marion way of life and would remain closely associated with the town. Throughout his political career he would speak of the many young people from Marion who left and had enjoyed success elsewhere. One story suggests Harding thought that the man who had once been the “pride of the school” who decided to stay behind as the janitor was “the happiest of the lot.”
Harding would ply his trade as a teacher and a successful news paper owner before dabbling in politics. He got his start in state politics in Ohio before becoming President of the United States from 1921-1923. He was elected on his birthday. Harding previously served the Ohio legislature and the U.S. Senate. As president he got elected on a platform of a “return to normalcy” after the hardships of the first World War.
While Harding’s presidency is mostly remembered for the scandal surrounding his cabinet members, many European leaders mourned his death as they consider him a man of peace. While historians have not always treated Harding kindly, recently many historians have argued that our view point on Harding’s presidency needs revised. One even suggesting that Harding was the equal of Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson and Benjamin Harrison and that his accomplishments were sizeable. While another argues lack of academic spotlights have cost Harding his reputation.
The official homepage of the James A. Garfield National Historical Site opens with this interesting question:
“What is a porch for? A front porch can serve many purposes. For some, a place to enjoy the breeze on a warm summer night. For others, a perch from which to keep eyes on what’s happening in their neighborhood. In 1880, James Garfield used his front porch as a platform to greet thousands of well-wishers during his presidential campaign.”
Located in Mentor, Ohio the home and grounds are open to the public for tours. Though currently the grounds and home are closed for renovations.
James A Garfield, if you didn’t know, was the 20th President of these United State and according to the National Historical Site’s web page he is the only President to ascend directly from the House of Representatives to the Presidency and claims is the only President who was also an ordained minister.
Jams A Garfield served the state of Ohio as a lawmaker for many years. First by becoming an Ohio State Senator, from 1859 to 1861. As a politician Garfield opposed Confederate secession and served as a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1862 he began a long career serving the 19th district of Ohio in Congress. Garfield served on many congressional committees and became a skilled orator with strong opinions about Reconstruction and civil rights concerning freed slaves.
Taking an a-typical path to the presidency—being the only sitting congressman to have been elected president – Garfield faithfully served his country as a president who appointed many African-Americans to prominent federal positions, advocated for civil rights for all African-Americans, agricultural technology and an educated electorate.
Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, September 27, in history.
1290 Earthquake in Gulf of Chili China, reportedly kills 100,000 1540 Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola 1777 Battle of Germantown; Washington defeated by the British 1779 John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain 1787 Constitution submitted to the states for ratification 1821 Mexican Empire declares its independence 1821 Revolutionary forces occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw 1825 Railroad transportation is born with 1st track in England 1854 Steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard 1863 Jo Shelby’s calvery in action at Moffat’s Station, Arkansas 1877 John Mercer Langston named minister of Haiti 1881 Chicago Cubs beat Troy 10-8 before record small “crowd” of 12 1894 Aqueduct racetrack opens in NY 1905 First published blues composition goes on sale, WC Handy Memphis Blues 1905 Boston’s Bill Dinneen no-hits Chic White Sox, 2-0 1910 First test flight of a twin-engined airplance (France) 1919 Democratic National Committee votes to admit women 1919 Pitcher Bob Shawkey sets then Yank record with 15 strike-outs 1921 Yanks beat Indians 21-7 in Polo Grounds 1923 Lou Gehrig’s 1st homer 1928 US recognizes Nationalist Chinese government 1930 Bobby Jones completes the Grand Slam of Golf 1930 White Sox 1st baseman Bud Clancy didn’t handle the ball at all in a 9 inning game vs St Louis Browns 1931 Lou Gehrig completes his 6th straight season, playing in every game 1937 First Santa Claus school opens (Albion NY) 1938 Ocean liner Queen Elizabeth launched at Glasgow 1939 Warsaw, Poland, surrenders to Germans after 19 days of resistance 1940 Black leaders protest discrimination in US armed forces 1940 Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller 1941 First WW II liberty ship, freighter Patrick Henry, launched 1942 NY Giants beat Wash Redskins 14-7 without making a 1st down 1942 St Louis Cards win NL pennant on last day of the season 1950 Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis 1953 Bert Bechichar, Baltimore Colts, kicks a 56-yard field goal 1953 Typhoon destroys 1/3 of Nagoya Japan 1954 School integration begins in Wash DC & Baltimore Md public schools 1954 Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show” premiers 1959 Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev concludes his US visit 1959 Typhoon Vera, hits Japanese island of Honshu, kills nearly 5,000 1961 Sierre Leone becomes the 100th member of the UN 1962 US sells Israel, Hawk anti-aircraft missiles 1963 At 10:59 AM the census clock, records US population at 190,000,000 1964 Phillies 7th straight loses sends them into 2nd place 1964 Warren Commission released, finding Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone 1967 Phillies Jim Bunning ties NL record of 5, 1-0 losses in a year 1968 Cardinal’s super pitcher Bob Gibson’s 13th shutout of the year 1970 Ken Boswell sets 2nd baseman record of 85 games without an error 1972 First game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition) 1973 Nolan Ryan strikesout his 383rd batter of the year 1973 Soyuz 12 carries 2 cosmonauts into Earth orbit (2 days) 1977 Phillies clinch 2nd straight NL East Division title 1979 Congress’ final approval to create Dept of Education 1980 WHOT (Bkln NY pirate radio station) begins on 1620 AM & 92.5 FM 1982 John Palmer becomes news anchor of the Today Show 1985 Hurricane Gloria’s 130 MPH wind hits the Atlantic coast 1986 Senate joins House of Reps voting for sweeping tax reforms 1987 NFL players’ strike 1988 Grand jury evidence shows Tawana Brawley fabricated rape story 1988 Lab tests reportedly show Shroud of Turin not Christ`s burial cloth 1988 Senate votes for major federal tax code changes 1989 Sony purchases Columbia Pictures for $3.4 billion cash 1990 A gunman holds 33 people (killing 1) hostage in Berkley Calif 1990 Deposed emir of Kuwait address the UN General Assembly 1990 Senate Judiciary committee approves Souter’s Supreme Court nomination 1990 Tour de France champion Greg LeMond visits White House 1991 “Princesses” premiers on CBS TV 1991 President Bush decides to end full-time B-52 bombers alert 1991 First scheduled NHL exhibition game in St Petersburg Florida, is cancelled due to poor ice conditions (NY Islanders vs Boston Bruins)
Jody Victor: Here’s what happened on this day, September 20, in history.
622 Mohammad’s Hegira 1519 Magellan starts 1st successful circumnavigation of the world 1565 Spaniards capture Fort Caroline Fla & massacre the French 1664 Maryland enacts 1st anti-amaglmation law to prevent widespread intermarriage of English women & black men 1777 Paoli massacre 1792 French defeat Prussians at Valmy 1797 US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston 1830 First National Black convention meets (Phila) 1850 Slave trade abolished in DC, but slavery allowed to continue 1854 British & French defeat Russians at Alma, in the Crimea 1859 Patent granted on the electric range 1860 First British royalty to visit US, Prince of Wales (King Edward VII) 1863 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga, Tenn, ends 1873 Panic sweeps NY Stock Exchange (railroad bond default/bank failure) 1877 Chase National Bank opens in NYC (later merges into Chase Manhattan) 1879 President US Grant comes to SF for elaborate extended visit 1881 Chester A Arthur sworn in as president 1884 6.2 mile Arlberg railroad tunnel completed in Austria 1884 Equal Rights Party nominates female candidates for Pres & VP 1902 Chic White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0 1907 Pitts Nick Maddox no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-1 1908 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Phila 1-0 1911 Yankees set team record 12 errors in a double header 1933 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2 1942 Gunther Hagg becomes world champ of all records from 1500m to 5000m 1945 German rocket engineers begin work in US 1948 Mexican Baseball league disbanded 1949 Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional 1951 First North Pole jet crossing 1951 Ford Frick elected commissioner of baseball 1954 First FORTRAN computer program run 1954 First National People’s Congress adopts Chinese constitution 1954 Roger Bannister awarded Britain’s Silver Pears Trophy 1958 Baltimore Oriole knuckler Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0 1958 Martin Luther King Jr stabbed in chest by a deranged black woman in NYC 1960 UN General Assembly admit 13 African countries & Cyprus (96 nations) 1961 After 84 1/3 innings Bill Fischer gives up a base on balls 1961 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26 1962 James Meredith is blocked from entering Miss U as its 1st black 1964 Paramount theater (NYC) presented the Beatles & Steve & Eydie 1966 US Surveyor B launched toward Moon; crashed Sept 23 1967 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38 1968 Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536 1969 Pittsburgh Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Giants, 4-0 1970 Luna 16 lands on Moon’s Mare Fecunditatis, drills core sample 1972 Police find cannabis growing on Paul & Linda McCartney’s farm 1973 Billy Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match 1973 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season 1975 David Bowie’s “Fame,” single goes #1 for 2 weeks 1975 Gary Sentman draws a record 176 lb longbow to a maximum 28¬” draw 1976 Playboy releases Jimmy Carter’s interview that he lusts for women 1976 Sid Berstein offers $230 million charity concert for Beatle reunion 1977 Voyager 2 launched for fly-by of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune 1979 Bloodless coup in Central African Rep overthrows Emperor Bokassa I 1979 NASA launches HEAO 1980 Plaque dedicated in Thurman Munson’s memory at Yankee Stadium 1980 Spectacular Bid runs in Belmont alone as 3 horses drop out 1981 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal 1982 NFL players begin a 57 day strike 1983 3,112 turn out to see the Pirates play the NY Mets at Shea Stadium 1984 Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut 1985 Curtis Strong is convicted for selling cocaine to pro baseball players 1985 Walt Disney World’s 200-millionth guest 1986 Wichita State Shockers blow a 35-3 lead; lose 36-35 to Morehead State 1987 Alain Prost wins record 28th Formula one auto race 1987 Walter Payton scores NFL record 107th rushing touchdown 1990 Both Germanys ratify reunification 1990 Saddam Hussein demands US networks broadcast his message