President Harding, Nan Britton, Elizabeth Ann Britton Harding Blaesing and James Blaesing

(9-14-20) In 1920 Warren G. Harding won the Presidential election over Democrat James Cox to become the 29th President of the United States. 100 year later Harding’s ‘soap opera’ continues.

His grandson, James Blaesing has asked that a court order be issued to have his grandfather’s remains exhumed and confirm his DNA. His grandmother, Nan Britton, had an illegitimate daughter with Harding when he was an Ohio Senator. Blaesing’s mother, Elizabeth Ann Britton Harding Blaesing, is that daughter and the only known child Harding ever had.

“have his story, his mother’s story and his grandmother’s story included within the hallowed halls and museums in this town.”

Harding, who had no children with his wife Florence, left behind other benefactors (grandnephew Peter Harding and grandniece Abigail Harding) who are now working to recognize the centennial of Harding’s 1920 election. The current site in Marion, Ohio, his hometown, will receive upgrades and a new presidential center.

To add to the story-line…in 2015, James Blaesing’s DNA and that of two Harding descendants proved his relationship with the president. Add to all of this those involved have all conceded everything that Blaesing wants proven was confirmed in the 2015 DNA test.

The players in the Soap Opera

President Warren G. Harding (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) was the 29th president of the United States from 1921 until his death in 1923. A member of the Republican Party, he was one of the most popular U.S. presidents to that point. After his death, a number of scandals—including Teapot Dome—came to light, as did his extramarital affair with Nan Britton; each eroded his popular regard.

Harding lived in rural (Marion) Ohio all his life, except when political service took him elsewhere.

Nan Britton (November 9, 1896 – March 21, 1991) was an American secretary from Marion, Ohio who was a mistress of Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States. In 1927, she revealed that her daughter, Elizabeth, had been fathered by Harding while he was serving in the United States Senate, one year before he was elected to the presidency.

Nan’s father, Dr. Samuel H. Britton, spoke to Harding about his daughter’s infatuation, and Harding met with her. At the time, Harding was already married and involved in an affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips, wife of James Phillips, co-owner of a local department store. After she graduated from high school in 1914, Britton moved to New York City from Marion, to begin a career as a secretary and claimed she had started an intimate relationship with Harding.

Following Harding’s death, Britton wrote what is considered to be the first kiss-and-tell book. In The President’s Daughter, published in 1927, she claimed she had been Harding’s mistress throughout his presidency and named him as the father of her daughter, Elizabeth Ann (1919–2005). One famous passage told of their having sex in a coat closet in the executive office of the White House.

Elizabeth Ann Britton Harding Blaesing (October 22, 1919 – November 17, 2005) was the daughter of Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States, and his mistress, Nan Britton.

Blaesing died in Oregon on November 17, 2005. Her son Thomas Blaesing confirmed her death during an interview in the May 31, 2006, edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. According to Blaesing , his mother was not interested in seeking DNA evidence confirming paternity. Testing on Blaesing’s sons or grandchildren would still have resolved the mystery. Some scholars, most notably bioethicist Jacob Appel, argued that the Blaesings had a “moral and civic responsibility” to provide their DNA for comparative purposes.

james Blaesing, who is 70 years, is one of three sons on Elizabeth and grandson of President Harding who has lived in Oregon.

Caroline “Carrie” Phillips (née Fulton; September 22, 1873 – February 3, 1960) was a mistress of Warren G. Harding,29th President of the United States. The young Carrie Fulton, born in Dayton< was known by admirers to have epitomized the Gibson Girl portrait of beauty, a look popular at the turn of the 20th century. Her relationship with Senator Warren G. Harding was kept secret from the public during its time and for decades thereafter. The affair ended when Phillips blackmailed Harding during the Senator’s run for office for President of the United States.

Phillips son Jame died as a toddler, and, during that time of grief Mrs. Phillips and Warren Harding grew close, despite their respective marriages and friendships. The Phillipses and the Hardings undertook tours of Europe together, all while Phillips and Harding carried on their intimate relationship.

You can purchase The President’s Daughter by Nan Britton on Amazon –

About the book (courtesy Amazon)-

The President’s Daughter is the heart warming story of an innocent young girl who became pregnant and gave birth to a child whose father happened to be the President of the United States. No. This is not a tawdry fable. This is fact.

The President was Warren G. Harding who then died suddenly. Some say he was murdered. Her book is great. In Chapter 18 she describes how on July 30, 1917 she finally lost her virginity to the future president after a long courtship, in a New York City hotel on 30th Street overlooking Broadway. Only moments after the intercourse had been completed, the New York City Vice Squad broke down the door. Harding was forced to identify himself. When the police realized that their target, Warren G. Harding, was a United States Senator (he was not yet president), the Vice Squad apologized and beat a hasty retreat.

It was not before long that Nan Britton discovered that she was pregnant. Senator Harding set her up in a house in Asbury Park, New Jersey near a casino where he sometimes played poker, and he sent her money through messengers. She was able to keep her pregnancy and the subsequent birth to her of an illegitimate child a secret from everybody, except for her actual lover who was US Senator and then President Warren G. Harding.

The child, Elizabeth Ann, was born on October 22, 1919, not in a hospital but in the same house in Asbury Park NJ where Nan Britton had been staying.

Bills were introduced in the United States Congress to stop the publication of The President’s Daughter or to make possession of it illegal. The New York City Vice Squad raided the printing plant and confiscated all the plates. No major, reputable book publisher would touch this book. All turned it down. Finally, the book was published. Naturally, as the book featured sex romps in the White House, it became a best seller.