WWI and Warren Harding
Here’s an odd historical footnote. In April 1917, when Congress debated and eventualy approved a resolution for the US to declare war against Germany, Senator Warren Harding (who succeeded Woodrow Wilson as President a few years later) was having an affair with a woman called Carrie Fulton Phillips who was apparently a spy for Germany and who seems to have tried to influence Harding to oppose the war. Harding nevertheless voted for the declaration of war, in full awareness that this action would ruin his relationship with his mistress. Phillips subsequently blackmailed Harding during his run for the Presidency, and Harding offered her an annual payment of $5,000 to keep their affair quiet while he was in office.
Thank you Marc. Interesting indeed. No nothing of Harding, so nice to hear this story.