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Warren G. Harding

Born on November 2, 1865 in Corsica (Blooming Grove), Ohio, Harding can be remembered for many firsts. Besides being the first to be elected on his birthday and the first president born after the Civil War, he was also the first president to have been a publisher, and the first to be elected with women's votes. He was the first to ride in a car to his inauguration where he became the first to give his inaugural address over an amplified system. The radio played a big role in Harding's election. He was the first to broadcast a speech by radio, and after being the first to hear about his election victory over the radio, Harding furthered his firsts of the radio by being the first to own and install a radio in the White House.

In August of 1923 during his presidency, he died in San Francisco of a heart attack.