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Warren Harding and his Cabinet

Warren Harding and his Cabinet
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Harris & Ewing Studio, active 1905 - 1977
Warren Gamaliel Harding, 2 Nov 1865 - 2 Aug 1923
Andrew William Mellon, 24 Mar 1855 - 26 Aug 1937
Harry Micajah Daugherty, 1860 - 1941
Edwin Denby, 1870 - 1929
Henry Cantwell Wallace, 1866 - 1924
James John Davis, 1873 - 1947
Calvin Coolidge, 4 Jul 1872 - 5 Jan 1933
Herbert Clark Hoover, 10 Aug 1874 - 20 Oct 1964
Albert Bacon Fall, 26 Nov 1861 - 30 Nov 1944
Will H. Hays, 5 Nov 1879 - 7 Mar 1954
John Wingate Weeks, 11 Apr 1860 - 12 Jul 1926
Charles Evans Hughes, 11 Apr 1862 - 27 Aug 1948
Gelatin silver print
Sheet: 33.7 x 43.3cm (13 1/4 x 17 1/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Aileen Conkey
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In 1920 the Republican Party was without a clear choice for president, eventually settling on Senator Warren G. Harding of Ohio. Calvin Coolidge, who had received favorable national publicity for his response to the Boston police strike, was nominated for the vice presidency by acclamation at the convention. Although Coolidge was not his personal choice, Harding seemed determined to give him more than the usual role in the administration, declaring that "the vice president should be more than a mere substitute in waiting." Although Coolidge was the first vice president to regularly attend cabinet meetings, he remained outside of Harding's inner circle, as seen in this photograph of Harding's cabinet showing the vice president seated at the end of the table. This isolation proved fortunate for Coolidge when he assumed the presidency after Harding's death, as several corruption scandals related to the former president were unearthed.
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