Former president’s love child?: Warren Harding Love Child
Published: August 13, 2015
Former president’s love child?: Warren Harding Love Child, It’s a true Throwback Thursday: DNA testing revealed that President Warren G. Harding did, in fact, have a daughter born from a mistress, putting to rest some fairly vintage rumors dating back to the Jazz Age.
The New York Times reports that Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, the daughter of the infamous Nan Britton, was indeed the daughter of America’s corruption-plagued 29th president, likely conceived in Harding’s Senate office. America only knows about that detail-and the fact that the two also had sex in a West Wing closet-because Britton wrote about it in a book published after Harding’s death. (The book naturally caused a huge scandal, with Harding’s family insisting that the president had mumps and was therefore quite infertile, and also that Britton, 31 years Harding’s junior, was a “degenerate.”)
DNA testing from AncestryDNA revealed, however, that Britton’s grandson James Blaesing was the second cousin to Harding’s grandnephew and grandniece Peter and Abigail Harding, meaning Warren G. Harding just got Maury’d.
While the Blaesing family welcomed the vindication of Britton’s claims (James says he was actually harassed as a child because people cared that much about Warren G. Harding’s love child up through the 1960s), at least one Harding remained skeptical of the claims. “I’m not questioning the accuracy of anybody’s tests or anything,” the president’s grandnephew Dr. Richard Harding told the Times. “But it’s still in my mind still to be proven.”
The tests also indicated that Harding did not have any African ancestry, as was rumored throughout his career.
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