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Warren G. Harding

Artist
Margaret Lindsay Williams, 1888 - 1960
Sitter
Warren Gamaliel Harding, 2 Nov 1865 - 2 Aug 1923
Date
1923
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Frame (Verified): 156.2 x 121.3 x 11.4cm (61 1/2 x 47 3/4 x 4 1/2")
Stretcher: 135.9 × 99.7cm (53 1/2 × 39 1/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.66.21
Exhibition Label
Twenty-ninth president, 1921–1923
On November 2, 1920, less than three months after the nineteenth amendment had been signed into law, men—and women—elected Warren Harding to serve as their president. The former governor and senator from Ohio, who entered the White House following an era of upheaval, promised to restore “normalcy” after a period marked by sweeping social reforms and World War I.
Under Harding’s leadership, the U.S. dampened a naval arms race with Japan and Great Britain, but in doing so, it agreed to provisions that in effect ceded naval control of the western Pacific to the Japanese, and that set the stage for future conflicts. Harding, who was an inept judge of character, is often criticized for having trusted corrupt cronies with positions of power. Scandals plagued his administration, but because he died in office just as the accounts of wrongdoing were surfacing, they remain opaque.
29o presidente, 1921–1923
El 2 de noviembre de 1920, menos de tres meses después de hacerse ley la enmienda número diecinueve, los hombres —y las mujeres— de Estados Unidos eligieron a Warren Harding presidente. El exgobernador y senador de Ohio, que llegaba a la Casa Blanca luego de una época turbulenta, prometió restaurar “la normalidad” tras una etapa marcada por extensas reformas sociales y la Primera Guerra Mundial.
Bajo el liderazgo de Harding, Estados Unidos frenó su carrera armamentista naval con Japón y Gran Bretaña, pero con ello aceptó condiciones que en efecto cedían a Japón el control naval del Pacífico occidental y así abrió las puertas a conflictos futuros. Harding no sabía juzgar el carácter de las personas, y se le suele criticar por haber confiado puestos importantes a amigos corruptos. Su administración estuvo plagada de escándalos, pero debido a que falleció cuando apenas empezaban a descubrirse los delitos, no se sabe mucho sobre ellos.
Provenance
Margaret Lindsay Williams [d.1960]. (Peter Eaton, London).(King V. Hostick, Chicago); purchased 1966 NPG.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, West Gallery 210