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Warren Gamaliel Harding art Tina Mion painting

Warren Gamaliel Harding, The Three of Spades
29th President of the United States, 1921—1923

Warren Harding was a handsome humble ladies man with snow white hair and dark brown eyes. When he was 24 he had a nervous breakdown and spent weeks in Dr. Kellogg’s Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Michigan. He once gambled away an entire set of antique White House china. He was the first president whose wife could have voted for him (women got the right to vote in 1920). He brought so many of his friends into the administration that they became known as “the Ohio gang”. Harding’s unexpected death after two years in office touched off rumors, scandals, arrests, and suicides. Speculation drifted across the country that he had committed suicide, or that first lady Florence Harding had poisoned him. Maybe she did, he was a notorious philanderer.

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