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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Warren Harding

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 12:37 PM

Warren Harding's final resting place reflects the outpouring of grief the country faced after losing the 29th president after just two years in office. The Warren G. Harding Memorial is in Marion, Ohio.

According to the White House, Harding's presidency included the "teapot Dome" bribery scandal which didn't actually involved the president, but affected his time in office.

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Harding kept the country out of the League of Nations and led the country in the beginnings of what would be the prosperous 1920s. However, that era was also fraught with corruption, which may have taken a toll on Harding's health. He died in 1923 of a heart attack while on a trip to San Francisco.

A memorial fund which started shortly after Harding's death raised nearly $1 million. The outpouring reportedly brought contributions from several countries and included the pennies of some 200,000 schoolchildren.

Harding's tomb, which is known as the Warren G. Harding Memorial, is a large circular monument made of marble. The white Georgia marbled structure is encircled with Corinthian columns and looks a bit like a Greek monument. It is surrounded by 10 acres of land.

The circular monument does not have a doorway, but remains open with a courtyard in the middle. Harding and his wife, Florence, lay in state in what Touring Ohio calls a "garden Crypt."

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The Harding Home, also in Marion, Ohio, has also been preserved as a memorial to this short termed president. This presidential site was dedicated as a museum in 1926. Florence Harding died just 15 months after her husband from kidney disease.

According to the Harding Home Museum, the house the couple had owned from 1891 to 1921 was deeded with most of its contents in Florence's will to the Harding Memorial Association.

Another fitting memorial to the Harding presidency is actually a nod to his popular dog, Laddie Boy. The Airedale Terrier was popular during Harding's term and appeared frequently in the newspapers.

Newspaper boys from across the country donated pennies which were forged into a statue of the dog. That statue is now in the Smithsonian collections.

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