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Key Facts & Information
EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
- Florence Harding was born as Florence Mabel Kling on August 15, 1860 at Marion, Ohio.
- Florence was the eldest of three children of Louisa Bouton Kling and Amos Kling, a known Marion accountant and businessman.
- Florence’s siblings are named Clifford and Vetallis.
- In 1866, Florence attended Union School where she studied the classics.
- Amos Kling became known as a banker and later on became a stockholder in the Columbus & Toledo Railroad.
- Florence wanted to become a concert pianist and later on attended Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1876.
- At the age of 19, Florence became pregnant by Henry Atherton DeWolfe and they later on eloped.
- Florence gave birth to her child, Marshall Eugene, on September 22, 1880.
- Henry left Florence shortly after the birth of their child.
- Florence and Henry formally got divorced in 1886.
- In 1890, Florence’s attention was attracted by the owner of the Marion Star, Warren Gamaliel Harding, better known as Warren G. Harding.
- Florence and Warren Harding got married in July 8, 1891, despite the opposition of Florence’s father, Amos.
- Florence and Warren had no children of their own.
- In 1894, Florence began working at the Marion Star where she oversaw circulation, advertising, and deliveries.
- Florence never wrote articles for the Marion Star, but she suggested stories based on leads she had, stories that particularly appealed to women.
- Florence later on hired the first female reporter of the Marion Star, Jane Dixon.
- The Marion Star prospered and increased its revenue through the leadership of Florence.
- In 1899, Florence encouraged her husband in his first political run for state senate, which he won.
- Florence managed the finances and supervised Warren’s campaign.
- In 1901, Warren was reelected.
- In 1903, Warren was elected as lieutenant governor.
- In February 1905, Florence received surgery for nephritis or “floating kidney.”
- While Florence was recovering, Warren had a romantic affair with Carrie Phillips, a close friend of Florence and a mother who recently lost her child.
- Florence was clueless about the affair until she intercepted a letter between the two in 1911.
- On October 20, 1913, Amos Kling, Florence’s father passed away.
- In the winter of 1913, Florence suffered from a serious kidney attack and went to live at the White Oaks Sanitarium to recover.
- In 1914, Florence encouraged her husband to run for Senate, where Warren won.
- On January 1, 1915, Marshall, Florence’s son, died of tuberculosis.
- Florence later on became an active animals rights advocate and joined organizations such as the Animal Rescue League, Humane Society, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
- During World War I, Florence helped Ohio women who moved to Washington, D.C, helped in handing out food to soldiers departing from Union Station, volunteered at the Walter Reed Hospital, and helped in the establishment of a Red Cross Unit.
AS A FIRST LADY
- Warren Harding became the President of the United States after defeating James M. Cox.
- Florence officially became First Lady on March 4, 1921.
- Florence had a strong influence on the selection of cabinet members.
- Warren also opened the gates of the White House following his wife’s wish.
- Florence became one of the most publicly recognizable first ladies of all time.
- Florence also became known for her opposition to smoking.
- Florence made her views known being an advocate of animal rights, of women’s rights, being against racism, and for her concern of immigrant children.
- In 1923, while the couple was visiting British Columbia, both of them fell severely ill.
- On August 2, 1923, Warren Harding died at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco with Florence at his bedside reading to him.
- Before going back to Marion, Florence destroyed documents that could have recorded all the things she did as a First Lady, associated with the presidency of her husband.
- After Warren’s death, Florence was planning to start a new life in Washington, but her kidney health issues returned.
- Florence’s last public appearance was when she appeared at a local Remembrance Day parade where she stood to give salute to the veterans.
- On November 21, 1924, Florence died of renal failure.
- Her remains were buried near her husband in a large mausoleum near the house where they married.
Florence Harding Worksheets
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- Her Family
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- Animal Rights
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