Sen. Harding arriving in Washington
Harding standing in back of car with his wife seated in back seat; crowd in background at Union Station.
Warren Gamaliel Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) was the 29th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1921, until his death. Harding died one of the most popular presidents in history, but the subsequent exposure of scandals that took place under him eroded his popular regard, as did revelations of an extramarital affair. Harding was born and lived in rural Ohio all his life, except when political service took him elsewhere. Harding appointed a number of well-regarded figures, including Andrew Mellon at the Treasury, Herbert Hoover at Commerce, and Charles Evans Hughes at the State Department. A major foreign policy achievement came with the Washington Naval Conference of 1921–1922, in which the world's major naval powers agreed on a naval limitations program. He was succeeded by his vice-president, Calvin Coolidge. "I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends... They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!"