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Warren G. Harding

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Warren G. Harding served as the twenty-ninth president of the Unites States from 1921 to 1923. Harding officially ended WWI and began the Veterans’ Bureau, which later became the Department of Veterans Affairs. At home, Harding supported racial equality and religious tolerance, going so far as to advocate for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. However, following his death while in office, allegations of vast corruption, including the famous “Teapot Dome” scandal, were made against his administration. President Harding was a Baptist who felt that the American people had strayed too far from God. As was common of the times, anti-Catholicism was an issue in some of his election campaigns, especially the Ohio 1914 Senate race against Irish Catholic Timothy Hogan. Nevertheless, Harding never showed personal religious intolerance during his campaigning, and he went on to appoint Catholic and Jewish leaders to positions within his administration.
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