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Warren Harding's home in Marion, Ohio.

The die had been cast and my mission was clearly to continue binging on presidents.  Now that I was aware of presidential profundity in my new home state, I figured there had to be something on the way home between Cleveland and Dayton.  There was, but it was with mixed emotions that I decided to stop in Marion and tour the home of Warren G. Harding.

Warren is quite near the top of the list of worst presidents, if not the occupant of the #1 slot, and I did not have the opportunity to score a biography before the impromptu visit.  I was surprised by the complete absence of derogatory comments during the tour.  You expect some degree of polishing, but this was diametrically opposed to preconceived notions.

Just in case you were not certain where we landed...
  Upon returning home I scored a biography from the library and the mystification continued.

You would believe Warren was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but the book had been authored by John Dean (of Watergate infamy), not someone I would deem a reliable political critic.  I subsequently learned Dean was a native of Marion, so the bias became more palpable.  At the end of the day, however, my opinion certainly was shifted in a positive direction (though a chasm still exists between this and the way Harding is portrayed in Dean's biography).

I recognize part of the value from rambles about my new home state is getting to know the back yard.  The town of Marion had been totally unfamiliar before today, so I was somewhat impressed to discover it was a reasonably large town (population around 35,000).

The impressive marble Harding Memorial at a cemetery about one mile from his home.
  About fifty miles north of Columbus, the town has experienced a number of up-and-down cycles across a history from its founding in the 1820’s (it was named for General Francis Marion, the famed “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution).

The town has a few attractions, so I may return some day to dig deeper.  Today I simply made a beeline for President Harding’s home, reviewed below, and concluded with a quick trip to the Harding Memorial, where Warren and his wife are buried.  This is an impressive Greek temple made from marble which honors the Harding’s’ requests to be laid to rest in the great outdoors.  Funding for the temple came from nationwide donations after Harding died in office – revealing his infamy arose posthumously.

joseph98 says:
Gotcha - thanks! :-)
Posted on: Oct 22, 2017
vances says:
He was, Joe...but Harding took office when the economy was rocky --> the "roaring 20's" did not launch until Calvin Coolidge's tenure (he was Harding's VP), but Harding's policies helped drive the prosperity.
Posted on: Oct 22, 2017
joseph98 says:
Warren Harding was around during the 1920s jazz age boom period, right? So if times were good for many, I guess some folks will rate him. That, and I believe Herbert Hoover followed pretty soon after, and he certainly hasn’t got the greatest rep, even if he did build that dam...

But hey, I’m no US history expert. All I know is that I can think of a few more notorious presidents than Harding, and I’m not just talking about recent history either!
Posted on: Oct 22, 2017
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Marion Sights & Attractions review
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