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A Republican lawyer from New England , born in Vermont , Coolidge worked his way up the ladder of Massachusetts state politics , eventually becoming governor. His response to the Boston Police Strike of thrust him into the national spotlight and gave him a reputation as a man of decisive action. The next year, he was elected vice president of the United States , and he succeeded to the presidency upon the sudden death of Warren G. Harding in Elected in his own right in , he gained a reputation as a small government conservative and also as a man who said very little and had a rather dry sense of humor.
Warren Gamaliel Harding November 2, — August 2, was the 29th president of the United States from until his death in A member of the Republican Party , he was one of the most popular U. After his death a number of scandals, such as Teapot Dome , came to light, as did his extramarital affair with Nan Britton ; each eroded his popular regard. He is often rated as one of the worst presidents in historical rankings. Harding lived in rural Ohio all his life, except when political service took him elsewhere. As a young man, he bought The Marion Star and built it into a successful newspaper.
She married the somewhat-younger Harding when he was a newspaper publisher in Ohio, and she was acknowledged as the brains behind the business. Known as The Duchess, she adapted well to the White House, where she gave notably elegant parties. In , Florence became engaged to Warren Gamaliel Harding , owner of the Marion Star , who was twenty-five, her junior by five years. They married on July 8, , opposed by her father, who thought Warren was social climbing. They had no children of their own, but Florence's son Marshall lived with them intermittently, and received encouragement from Warren to work in journalism.
Harding from to Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming , and two locations in California , to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding. The leases were the subject of a seminal investigation by Senator Thomas J. Convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies, Fall became the first presidential cabinet member to go to prison; no one was convicted of paying the bribes. Before the Watergate scandal , Teapot Dome was regarded as the "greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics".
Warren G. He died during his third year in office and was succeeded by Vice President Calvin Coolidge. His brief administration accomplished little of lasting value, however, and soon after his death a series of scandals doomed the Harding presidency to be judged among the worst in American history. For a discussion of the history and nature of the presidency, see presidency of the United States of America. His father later left farming to become a physician. Following a mediocre education at local schools in Ohio and three years at Ohio Central College, Harding tried his hand at several vocations until in he bought a struggling weekly newspaper in Marion , Ohio, to which he devoted himself.