"Back to normalcy" was the campaign
slogan of Warren G. Harding, 29th president of the United States.
War-weary American voters of 1920 liked the idea so much that
they elected this Ohio newspaper publisher by a plurality of
7 million votes. Harding died Aug. 2, 1923, before his term
ended, but his conservative policies were followed by other
Republican presidents during the prosperous 1920s.
On July 8, 1891, Warren married Florence Kling De Wolfe, divorced daughter of
a Marion banker. Mrs. Harding's business ability and ambition proved important
factors in her husband's success. She went to his office to help while he was
ill. She stayed to take charge of the circulation department and other aspects
of business management. The Star prospered and her husband had time for politics.
In 1898 Harding was elected to the state senate. His party loyalty and his ability
to get party agreement on programs gained him popularity. He became lieutenant
governor in 1904 but met defeat when he ran for governor in 1910. In 1914 he
was elected United States senator from Ohio.
In Washington the Hardings opened the gates of the White House, locked since
before the war. They welcomed their friends and well-wishers. Harding followed
as many of his hobbies and interests as he could. He was an enthusiastic golfer
and he also enjoyed boxing, motoring, fishing, baseball, and card playing. The
Hardings had no children.