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Life Portraits: Warren Harding

Marion, Ohio
Sunday, September 29, 2013

In this program from our 1999 "American Presidents: Life Portraits" series we focused on Warren Harding's life and career. Historians discussed his presidential nomination, the Teapot Dome scandal, and his business career. Kenneth Hammontree also portrayed Harding as he read the President's acceptance speech on the porch of his home. The program, which includes archival audio recordings and film, was recorded at the Harding Home State Memorial in Marion, Ohio.

Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 1:38pm (ET)

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