First Lady Florence K. Harding Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: August 15, 1860
Died: November 21, 1924
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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.


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