Lead: Those who knew her considered Florence Harding a strange and rather difficult woman.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: The wife of President Harding grew up in Marion, Ohio. She was the daughter of the richest man in town, banker Amos Kling, but she had a wild streak in her and often hung around with boys from the other side of the tracks. In fact, she married one. In 1880 she eloped with Pete DeWolfe, whose laziness and affinity for the bottle drove her out of their marriage and home to Papa. In 1890 she took up with Warren Gamaliel Harding, also from a socially inferior family, a handsome, likable fellow, editor of the local newspaper the Marion Star.  They were married in 1891 thereby incurring her father’s wrath. He would not set foot in the Harding home for 15 years.

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