Harding, Warren Gamaliel, 1927, Biographical Sketch
THE FIRST newspaper editor to occupy the Executive Chair, Warren Harding who succeeded Wilson in 1921, was the sixth President to be elected from Ohio— the seventh to have been born in that State, and the third of the Ohioans to die in office. His nature was that of a conciliator and a pacifier. To him fell the task of post war readjustment— of steering the country through the troubled waters, lashed to turbulence by its participation in Old-world politics. Discarding his predecessor's more Utopian ideal for a world-wide peace body, President Harding substituted perhaps a more practical form of peace insurance in The Conference for the Limitation of Armament. For this purpose of rendering to the people an account of his stewardship the President entered upon an extended tour in the summer of 1923. Unprotected by his genial nature against the mistaken hospitality of thoughtless enthusiasts, the President's weakened vitality was attacked by pneumonia in San Francisco and he died in four days after being stricken.
1. Brief Biographies of our Presidents and the First Ladies of the Land, 1927, American Weekly, Inc., page 29.
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