Monday, May 15, 2023

29 Warren G. Harding

From publisher of the Marion Star newspaper to U.S. Senator from Ohio, Warren G. Harding's meteoric rise culminated in 1920 when he became the compromise candidate of a deadlocked Republican convention and trounced his Democratic opponent with a campaign promising a "Return to Normalcy." He inherited a terrible economy, high taxes, exploding debt, and a nation still wracked with tension from the First World War and subsequent Red Scare. When Harding's health gave out and he died after just two-and-a-half years in office, he left behind a humming economy and had turned a new page from the war years. But in the wake of his death, a parade of emerging corruption scandals involving some of his closest friends forever tarnished his legacy--not to mention the tell-all book published by a young woman who claimed he was the father of her child!    

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Marvel Whirling Spray Syringe – Knoxville Sentinel (Knoxville, TN) – November 12, 1922

Southland Sport brassieres for stout women – Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT) – March 8, 1921

Burbank Electric Shop vacuum cleaner – Burbank Review (Burbank, CA) – March 24, 1922

Georgiana Chapman has left her husband – Burbank Review (Burbank, CA) – November 11, 1921

Frederick Chapman shoots his wife – Burbank Review (Burbank, CA) – November 25, 1921

Frederick Chapman escapes – Los Angeles Evening Express (Los Angeles, CA) – November 22, 1921

Frederick Chapman charged – Los Angeles Evening Express (Los Angeles, CA) – May 2, 1922

Frederick Chapman seeks reconciliation – Los Angeles Evening Express (Los Angeles, CA) – November 25, 1921

Georgiana Chapman seeks divorce – Los Angeles Record (Los Angeles, CA) – June 26, 1924

Russell & Co. manure – Fresno Morning Republican (Fresno, CA) – March 12, 1921

California Syrup of Figs children’s laxative – Norfolk Daily News (Norfolk, NE) – March 11, 1921

Mrs. Holmes reaching out to her niece – Boston Globe (Boston, MA) – March 9, 1921