In 1919, a woman named Nan Britton claimed to have given birth to President Warren G. Harding’s child. According to The New York Times, Britton was “denounced as a ‘degenerate’ and a ‘pervert,’ accused of lying for money and shamed for a waging a ‘diabolical’ campaign of falsehoods against the president’s family that tore away at his legacy.”
Nearly 100 years later, new genetic tests confirm Britton was telling the truth. Her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Blaesing, was Harding’s biological child. Britton said Elizabeth was conceived in Harding’s Senate office. Their affair continued after Harding became president. He died in office in 1923, when Elizabeth was four years old.
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