Talk:Warren G. Harding

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Death date[edit]

I really don't think we need to give his death date twice in the first sentence. Once is enough. Kendall-K1 (talk) 18:06, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Mellon's tax cuts[edit]

The recent edits re the Mellon tax cuts seem to be to be rather laudatory. I have some doubts a Keynesian would concur with the characterization of the tax cuts as jump starting the economy. I wonder if this is completely balanced? Wehwalt (talk) 00:06, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

It seems that it would be objective, considering that Keynes' research wasn't widely accepted in the U.S. until after the Presidency of FDR. User:Sleyece (talk) 10:30, 05 December 2016 (UTC)

Ohio Senate[edit]

I am certain that Warren G. Harding served two terms in the Ohio Senate. Can we find out those dates and predecessor/successor? He was also the "Majority Leader" of the Ohio Senate before being elected LG. This should be reflected on his infocard. User:Sleyece (talk) 10:27, 05 December 2016 (UTC)

Generally speaking, at least in my view, state legislative positions are too minor to be listed in a presidential infobox.--Wehwalt (talk) 15:34, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
I agree, especially where the subject of the article has more noteworthy achievements. --Coemgenus (talk) 15:35, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
Calvin Coolidge's infobox goes all the way back to mayor of Northampton, and Jimmy Carter's includes state senate. But I don't feel strongly about this and Coolidge's infobox certainly is longer than I would like. Coincidentally I am just now reading the "State Senate" chapter of Russell. I don't think he says who the predecessor and successor were. Kendall-K1 (talk) 15:52, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
Was he majority leader? I wasn't sure that concept had really evolved by then, nor do I remember that from my reading. I don't feel strongly about the infobox and will stand aside if others do.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:46, 5 December 2016 (UTC)
Russell says nothing about majority leader, but at that time it was uncommon for anyone to serve two terms. The five counties around Marion took turns electing a different candidate every term. So in Harding's second term he was one of only a few second term senators. Kendall-K1 (talk) 21:53, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

It is possible that he wasn't the "Majority Leader" as we would understand it in the 21st century, and I am retracting that assertion. I do think his two terms in the Ohio Senate should be denoted, however. There is clear precedent on other U.S. President pages. Barack Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt both have their time in state Senate noted in infobox. Abraham Lincoln even has his four terms in the Illinois House of Representatives noted. --Sleyece 11:42, 08 December 2016 (UTC)

Are you in a position to state what district it was, and the predecessor and successor? I'm not going to argue too hard against it if so. It's only one office.--Wehwalt (talk) 17:22, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
Unfortunately, I cannot find evidence for what is not already cited on the page. He served from 1899-1903, and he held two terms. I could contact someone, a historian maybe, or someone in the Ohio Legislature. Are the predecessor/successor that important for this office? --Sleyece 13:29, 08 December 2016 (UTC)
Well, according to this, he represented the 13th district, at least in his second term. I just want to see, if it's added, it to have the same exactness as the other entries, including dates of office. Because if we don't have it to the same standard, the reader may wonder--Wehwalt (talk) 19:26, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
Yeah, I think you're right. Until we know who the predecessor and successor are, the infobox is fine the way it is. I don't want to do anything to undermine a featured article. --Sleyece(talk) 08:56, 09 December 2016 (UTC)
I'll see if I can find copies of the Senate Journal for the years before and after, though.--Wehwalt (talk) 17:46, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
Sleyece, Henry J. May is the predecessor and Samuel H. West successor. Term of office is January 1, 1900 until January 4, 1904. Found most of it in this book. And it was the 13th district.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:02, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
Wehwalt, The source looks right, great work! I went ahead and added it with a reference. Does that look like everything? (talk) 16:05, 10 December 2016 (UTC)
Looks fine to me.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:14, 10 December 2016 (UTC)