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Nan Britton (1896–1991)

Author of The President's Daughter

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Nan Britton, born in Marion, Ohio, became infatuated with Warren G. Harding, a friend of her father 31 years her senior, as a teenager. After she graduated from high school, she moved to New York City to work as a secretary and then-Senator Harding agreed to meet her there. She claimed that in 1917 she began a sexual relationship with him. She gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth Anne, in 1919. The following year, Harding was elected President of the United States. Following his sudden death in 1923, Nan wrote a tell-all book, The President's Daughter, that was rejected by many publishers before finally being released in 1928. It became a bestseller and launched one of the most sensational scandals of the Jazz Age, played out in newspapers, courtrooms, and living rooms across the country. She was vilified for telling her story publicly. Genetic testing in 2015 confirmed that Elizabeth Anne was indeed Harding's biological child.
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