An anti-lynching letter written by 15 year old Ara Lee Settle to President Harding, dated 1922, urging him to support federal anti-lynching legislation. The NAACP tried to pass such a bill for 20 years. While on was never passed, the women activists dedicated to bringing light to the atrocities and succeeded in reducing actual instances of lynching. www.usprisonculture.com
The Teapot Dome Scandal prostrated the Harding Administration, and ruined his Sec. of Interior Albert Fall (far left) when he went to prison. Fall and his attorney Mark B. Thompson (far right) thread through our home. The two men were courtroom adversaries in the Sheriff Pat Garrett murder trial in 1909, Thompson the prosecuting attorney and Fall the counsel for defense. Former owner of our property Judge Frank Parker presided over the trial. Thompson married the daughter of our home's builder.
Warren Harding's home - Marion, Ohio Apart from his time spent in the United States Senate from 1915-1921, Warren G. Harding lived in this house in Marion until he was elected the 29th president of the United States in 1920. Built for $3,500 in 1891 as a wedding present for his fiancé, Florence Kling, the future president and first lady lived in the home.