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Harding, Florence Mabel Kling DeWolfelocked

(15 August 1860–21 November 1924)
  • Myra G. Gutin


Harding, Florence Mabel Kling DeWolfe (15 August 1860–21 November 1924), first lady of the United States, was born in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of Amos Kling, a banker, and Louisa Bouton. Florence grew up in an affluent atmosphere, attending the best school in Marion. When she demonstrated a flair for the piano, she was sent to study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. At the age of nineteen, Florence eloped with Henry “Pete” DeWolfe, the ne’er-do-well son of a prominent Ohio family. The quick marriage was necessitated by Florence’s pregnancy; a son was born six months later. Florence sought and was granted a divorce from DeWolfe in 1886. In 1891, she was remarried to ...

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