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While rumors of presidential misbehavior are a lot easier to spread today than they were a century ago, that didn’t stop Warren G. Harding from being caught up in a scandal of his own. Yes, back in the 1920s, the United States was rocked by suggestions that Harding had behaved improperly – particularly when it came to his personal life. And those whispers of conduct unbecoming have dogged the 29th president ever since, casting a shadow over his reputation. But is there actually any truth to the salacious gossip? Well, according to the results of a 21st-century test, there definitely is.

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The source of the storm surrounding Harding was one Nan Britton, who shocked the American public by claiming to have had an illicit liaison with the commander-in-chief. And while other women had made similar assertions about previous presidents, Britton marked herself out by writing a kiss-and-tell book about her experiences. It was no wonder, then, that a scandal erupted – one that would be talked about in households up and down the land.

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