Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence

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Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence

“The Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence (240 items; 1910-1924) consists primarily of letters written by President Harding (1865-1923), before and during his tenure as a U.S. senator, to his paramour Carrie Fulton Phillips (1873-1960), wife of a Marion, Ohio, store owner. Also included are drafts and notes for correspondence written by Phillips during her approximately fifteen-year relationship with Harding, as well as a handful of other related items.

This collection had been closed for fifty years as a result of court orders, settlement papers, and gift agreement. When the restriction expired on July 29, 2014, the Library digitized the originals and released the entire contents of the collection online .

That Harding and Phillips had a romantic relationship dating from 1905 to at least 1920 is clear from these letters. Although the first letter in these papers dates from 1910, other letters refer to 1905 as the beginning of the relationship. The letters are at times deeply passionate, but there is more to the collection than love notes and sentimental poetry. The letters give travel and speaking engagement information on Harding. They wrote to each other when at least one of them was not in Marion, Ohio, and both of them traveled frequently. Intricate plans had to be made to meet or even to direct where the next letter should be sent. Harding often described his activities and colleagues” (Library of Congress)

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