Warren G. Harding was born on a farm in Blooming Grove, Morrow County, Ohio on Nov. 2, 1865 to Dr. George Tryon Harding and Phoebe Dickerson Harding. The parents had English and Dutch ancestry, and the family practiced the Baptist tradition of Christianity.
Warren Harding's father was first a farmer, and then became a doctor and partial owner of a newspaper (the Caledonia Argus), while his mother was a midwife and later studied medicine as well. Phoebe was also a highly intellectual and religious woman, and also took part in community events. The couple had eight children total, two boys and six girls, of which Warren was the oldest.
Warren and his family moved to the village of Caledonia in Marion County in 1870. Warren and his younger siblings attended school at a one-room school house, with McGuffey's Readers being among the texts. When he got a bit older, Warren became an apprentice in printing, having been influenced by his father's printing business.
Warren entered Ohio Central College when he was 14 years old, and graduated in 1882 with a Bachelor of Science. His later teenage years were engaged in the pursuits of teaching at a country school, law, insurance sales and journalism.