President Warren G. Harding's love letters to mistress going public

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President Warren G. Harding's Love Letters To Mistress Going Public

A presidential love scandal is set to go on display more than 100 years after it began.

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President Warren G. Harding's love letters to mistress going public
In an undated photo of Florence Harding, wife of Warren G. Harding, date unknown. (AP Photo)
Florence Harding, wife of Warren G. Harding, is shown in an undated photo. (AP Photo)
The 29th President of the United States, Warren G. Harding, and his wife Florence Kling Harding, center, are seen in this 1923 photo as they enjoy a motor boat ride. Woman on the right is unidentified. (AP Photo)
Laddie Boy, President Warren G. Harding's terrier is shown, Aug. 1, 1922. (AP Photo)
President Warren G. Harding stands with his pet airedale Laddie Boy in an undated photo. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
Laddie Boy, the pet airedale of President Warren G. Harding, greets the president and first lady Florence Harding at the entrance to the White House as the couple returns from a trip to Florida in 1923. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
Mrs. Warren G. Harding, who is showing marked signs of improving from her illness, aboard houseboat of the Washington publisher Edward B. McLean at Palm Beach, Florida March 13, 1923. She’s wearing a created hat of Meline. (AP Photo)
President Warren Harding rides a tractor in 1923. (AP Photo)
New York Yankees star Babe Ruth shakes hands with President Warren G. Harding at Yankee Stadium, April 24, 1923, before a game against the Washington Senators, just a week after the new stadium had opened. Seated beside Harding is Albert Lasker -- advertising executive, Chicago Cubs owner and Harding adviser. Seated in second row are Harding's physician Dr. Charles Sawyer, left, and Jacob Ruppert (behind Harding), owner of the Yankees. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
President Warren G. Harding with members of a foursome at the new Municipal Golf Course in Rock Creek Park, Washington, May 23, 1923. From left to right are: Edward Markham, Frederick H. Gillette, the president and Judge E.T. Sanford. (AP Photo)
President Warren G. Harding and party pass under the welcome arch at Metlakatla, Alaska, July 21, 1923. (AP Photo)
Vice president Thomas Riley Marshall, left, is seen selling bonds to a group of U.S. senators in Washington, April 6, 1943. The senators are from left to right, Thomas J. Walsh, Montana, Albert B. Cummins, Iowa, Warren G. Harding, Ohio, a later president; Frank B. Kellogg, Minnesota, a later secretary of State under Calvidge Coolidge, and Lee Slater Overman, North Carolina. (AP Photo)
An undated portrait of former US President Warren Gamaliel Harding. (AP Photo)
President Warren G. Harding stands with his pet airedale Laddie Boy in an undated photo. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
President Warren G. Harding and his wife Florence appear on a White House balcony with their pet airedale Laddie Boy, ca. 1923. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)
President Warren Harding, U.S. Senator Walter E. Edge, E.B. Mc Lean, center, and the chief executive, on the fairway, May 13, 1922. (AP Photo)
President Warren Harding, throwing out the 1st ball at the opening game of the American League season, Senators vs. Yankees, in Washington, April 13, 1922. (AP Photo)
President Warren Harding and party enjoy the weekend at Mount Prospect Lodge, Lancaster, New Hampshire, Aug. 5, 1921, as the guests of Secretary Weeks, following a cruise up the New England coast after viewing the tercentenary celebration at Plymouth, Mass. The president is enjoying a game of golf on the secretary's putting links. Secretary of War John W. Weeks putting with his guest the President in the background. (AP Photo)
President Warren G. Harding stands with Mme. Marie Curie outside the White House in Washington, on May 21, 1921 after he presented the co-discoverer of radium with one gram of the precious metal. The gift was made on behalf of the women of America so she may continue her work for science and humanity. At left is Florence Harding, wife of the president. (AP Photo)
Senator Warren Harding, with wife Florence and his father George, shown Aug. 27, 1920. (AP Photo)
Sen. Warren Harding (R-Ohio) at the age of 33, Nov. 1889. (AP Photo)
Thomas A. Edison sleeps, while President Warren Harding and tire magnate Harvey Firestone read newspaper in 1921. (AP Photo)

Warren G. Harding was the 29th President of the United States, but before he and his first lady entered the White House he was madly in love...with another woman. The love letters he wrote to his mistress are about to become public.

Harding entered the office in 1920, but reportedly began having an affair with Carrie Phillips in 1905. The two were neighbors in Ohio and throughout their 15 years together, he wrote his mistress almost 1,000 pages.

They reportedly tell of a very unhappy and emotionless marriage to his wife Florence. Phillips was reportedly suffering through a similar lackluster marriage to one of harding's friends. But the letters between the two were filled with passion.

The Washington Post quotes one of his letters, that reads, "My Darling, There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you - a mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild, jealous . . . hungry . . . love . . . It flames like the fire and consumes."

The two ended their affair before he took office. But the letters weren't discovered until after his death in 1960 and donated to The Library of Congress in 1972. They've been legally sealed for 50 years, but that will expire on July 29.
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