FIRST LADY FLORENCE K. HARDING - INSCRIBED WHITE HOUSE ENGRAVING SIGNED - HFSID 283542
FLORENCE K. HARDING First Lady Florence Kling Harding signs White House Engraving White House Engraving Inscribed and signed: "Go Adolp Schiff-/With greetings and abiding faith/in our America-/Florence Kling Harding", as First Lady. 6½x4.
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FLORENCE K. HARDING
First Lady Florence Kling Harding signs White House Engraving
White House Engraving Inscribed and signed: "Go Adolp Schiff-/With greetings and abiding faith/in our America-/Florence Kling Harding", as First Lady. 6½x4. FLORENCE KLING HARDING (1860-1924), known as "Flossie" by her friends, was a 30-year-old divorcée with a young son (Marshall Eugene De Wolfe) when she married 25-year-old newspaper publisher WARREN G. HARDING in her hometown of Marion, Ohio on July 8, 1891. Florence soon took over the business side of her husband's newspaper, and her domineering manner led Harding to refer to her as "the Duchess". When Harding became President, his First Lady, although ill with a chronic kidney ailment, opened the White House to visitors and threw herself into entertaining. She also traveled with her husband whenever possible and undertook the strenuous 1923 trip to the West with him. After the President's sudden death in San Francisco, she endured the train trip back to Washington with his body. After the state funeral, she accompanied the body back to Marion for burial. Lightly toned and creased. Adhesive residue (previous mounting) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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